noun anac·la·sis \əˈnakləsə̇s\

Definition of anaclasis



  1. :  an exchange of place between a short syllable and a preceding long one that is frequent in ionic rhythms

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Origin and Etymology of anaclasis

New Latin, from Greek anaklasis act of bending back, reflection, from anaklan to bend back, reflect (from ana- + klan to break) + -sis — more at gladiator

First Known Use: 1811

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to criticize severely

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