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anaphora

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noun anaph·o·ra \ə-ˈna-f(ə-)rə\

Definition of anaphora

  1. 1 :  repetition of a word or expression at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, sentences, or verses especially for rhetorical or poetic effect <Lincoln's “we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground” is an example of anaphora> — compare epistrophe

  2. 2 :  use of a grammatical substitute (as a pronoun or a pro-verb) to refer to the denotation of a preceding word or group of words; also :  the relation between a grammatical substitute and its antecedent



Origin and Etymology of anaphora

Late Latin, from Late Greek, from Greek, act of carrying back, reference, from anapherein to carry back, refer, from ana- + pherein to carry — more at bear


First Known Use: circa 1589

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