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anacoluthon

noun an·a·co·lu·thon \ˌa-nə-kə-ˈlü-ˌthän\
plural an·a·co·lu·tha\-thə\ also an·a·co·lu·thons

Definition of ANACOLUTHON

:  syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence; especially :  a shift in an unfinished sentence from one syntactic construction to another (as in you really ought—well, do it your own way)
an·a·co·lu·thic \-thik\ adjective
an·a·co·lu·thi·cal·ly \-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of ANACOLUTHON

Late Latin, from Late Greek anakolouthon inconsistency in logic, from Greek, neuter of anakolouthos inconsistent, from an- + akolouthos following, from ha-, a- together + keleuthos path
First Known Use: circa 1706

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