ana·​di·​plo·​sis ˌa-nə-də-ˈplō-səs How to pronounce anadiplosis (audio)
plural anadiploses ˌa-nə-də-ˈplō-ˌsēz How to pronounce anadiplosis (audio)
: repetition of a prominent and usually the last word in one phrase or clause at the beginning of the next (as in "rely on his honor—honor such as his?")

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek anadiplōsis, literally, repetition, from anadiploun to double, from ana- + diploun to double — more at diploma

First Known Use

circa 1526, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anadiplosis was circa 1526

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“Anadiplosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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