epizeuxis

noun

ep·​i·​zeux·​is
ˌepəˈzüksə̇s
plural -es
1
Greek and Latin prosody : the joining of two successive ionics a minore so that the syllables that come together exchange quantities (as when ˘˘––|˘˘–– becomes ˘˘–˘|–˘––)
2
: the immediate repetition of a word or phrase for rhetorical or poetic effect (as in "the children squealed with glee, with glee")

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, from Greek, literally, act of fastening together, from epizeugnynai to fasten together (from epi- + zeugnynai to join, yoke) + -sis

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near epizeuxis

Cite this Entry

“Epizeuxis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epizeuxis. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!