incremental repetition

noun

: repetition in each stanza (as of a ballad) of part of the preceding stanza usually with a slight change in wording for dramatic effect

Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incremental repetition was in 1918

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“Incremental repetition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incremental%20repetition. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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