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

Definition of antanaclasis

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of antanaclasis

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

First Known Use: 1656

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to cast off or become cast off

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