ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday-ish word: epistrophe

epistrophe (ə-pĭs′trə-fē), noun
The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses or sentences.

One example is from the Gettysburg Address: "...government of the people, by the people, for the people...".

It is a literary and rhetorical device, used to provide emphasis; the cadence of the repetition helps focus the mind on the differences.

Etymology: Greek epistrophe, a turning about.

'Anaphora' is the same thing, but at the beginning of successive clauses or sentences.
The Gettysburg Address provides an example of this as well: "...we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground."

(Etymology for anaphora: Greek anapherein, to bring back.)

Tags: e, greek, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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