antanaclasis

noun
ant·anac·la·sis | \ ˌan-tə-ˈna-klə-səs \

Definition of antanaclasis 

: the repetition of a word within a phrase or sentence in which the second occurrence utilizes a different and sometimes contrary meaning from the first … believes the “Word” … in John 1:1 represents the figure antanaclasis … and changes its meaning each time it is repeated in a manner similar to Ben Franklin's quip, “We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”Ventura County Star, 6 Sept. 1997

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First Known Use of antanaclasis

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antanaclasis

borrowed from Latin (cited in Greek form in Quintilian), borrowed from Greek antanáklasis “reflection, echo,” from ant- anti- entry 1 + anáklasis “bending back, reflection”

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