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polyptoton

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n polyptoton repetition of a word in a different case or inflection in the same sentence "My own heart's heart"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Polyptoton (Rhet) A figure by which a word is repeated in different forms, cases, numbers, genders, etc., as in Tennyson's line, -- “My own heart's heart, and ownest own, farewell.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polyptoton In rhetoric, a figure consisting in the use of different cases or inflections of the same word, or of words of the same immediate derivation, in the same context.
    • n polyptoton (Unless the death of Death had brought death to death by [his] death, the door of eternal life would have been closed.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. having, or being in, many cases; poly`s many + case