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 Star6 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”


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