noun epis·tro·phe \i-ˈpis-trə-(ˌ)fē\

Definition of EPISTROPHE

:  repetition of a word or expression at the end of successive phrases, clauses, sentences, or verses especially for rhetorical or poetic effect (as Lincoln's of the people, by the people, for the people) — compare anaphora


Greek epistrophē, literally, turning about, from epi- + strophē turning — more at strophe
First Known Use: circa 1584


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