Definition of anaclasis
: 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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