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anacoluthon

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noun an·a·co·lu·thon \ˌa-nə-kə-ˈlü-ˌthän\

Definition of anacoluthon

plural an·a·co·lu·thaplay \-thə\ also an·a·co·lu·thons

  1. :  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·thicplay \-thik\ adjective
an·a·co·lu·thi·cal·ly play \-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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