pro·​lep·​sis | \ prō-ˈlep-səs How to pronounce prolepsis (audio) \
plural prolepses\ prō-​ˈlep-​ˌsēz How to pronounce prolepses (audio) \

Definition of prolepsis

: anticipation: such as
a : the representation or assumption of a future act or development as if presently existing or accomplished
b : the application of an adjective to a noun in anticipation of the result of the action of the verb (as in "while yon slow oxen turn the furrowed plain")

Other Words from prolepsis

proleptic \ prō-​ˈlep-​tik How to pronounce proleptic (audio) \ adjective
proleptically \ prō-​ˈlep-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce proleptically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of prolepsis

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prolepsis

Greek prolēpsis, from prolambanein to take beforehand, from pro- before + lambanein to take — more at latch

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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