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epistrophe

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noun epis·tro·phe \i-ˈpis-trə-(ˌ)fē\

Definition of epistrophe

  1. :  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



Origin of epistrophe

Greek epistrophē, literally, turning about, from epi- + strophē turning — more at strophe


First Known Use: circa 1584


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