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Epizeuxis

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Epizeuxis (Rhet) A figure by which a word is repeated with vehemence or emphasis, as in the following lines: "Alone alone all all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epizeuxis In ancient prosody, union of two successive Ionics a minore so that the last syllable of the first and the first syllable of the second interchange quantities: thus, ⌣ ⌣ – ⌣ | – ⌣ – – for ⌣ ⌣ – – | ⌣ ⌣ – –. The syllables representing an Ionic a majore (– – ⌣ ⌣) thus suffer anaclasis, taking the form – ⌣ – ⌣.
    • n epizeuxis In rhetoric, immediate or almost immediate repetition of a word, involving added emphasis. An example of accumulated (fourfold) epizeuxis is:
    • n epizeuxis See palillogy. Also called diplasiasmus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epizeuxis ep-i-zūk′sis (rhet.) the immediate repetition of a word for emphasis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. a fastening together, repetition, fr. to fasten to or upon; 'epi` upon + to join, yoke
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

They spelled from the grammars, hyperbole, synecdoche, and epizeuxis.
"Laddie" by Gene Stratton Porter
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