Definition of polyptoton
: the rhetorical repetition of a word in a different case, inflection, or voice in the same sentence (as in Tennyson's “my own heart's heart, and ownest own, farewell”)
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Origin and Etymology of polyptoton
Late Latin, from Greek polyptōton, neuter of polyptōtos using many cases of the same word, from poly- + -ptōtos (from piptein to fall, influenced in meaning by Greek ptōsis case) — more at symptom
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