anadiplosis

noun
ana·​di·​plo·​sis | \ ˌa-nə-də-ˈplō-səs How to pronounce anadiplosis (audio) , ˌa-nə-(ˌ)dī-ˈplō- \
plural anadiploses\ ˌa-​nə-​də-​ˈplō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce anadiploses (audio) , ˌa-​nə-​(ˌ)dī-​ˈplō-​ \

Definition of anadiplosis

: 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?")

First Known Use of anadiplosis

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anadiplosis

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

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The first known use of anadiplosis was circa 1550

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“Anadiplosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anadiplosis. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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