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symploce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n symploce repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses, i.e., simultaneous use of anaphora and epistrophe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Symploce (Rhet) The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses; as, Justice came down from heaven to view the earth; Justice returned to heaven, and left the earth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n symploce In rhetoric, the repetition of one word at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses, as in the sentence “Mercy descended from heaven to dwell on the earth; Mercy fled back to heaven and left the earth.” This figure is a combination of epanaphora and epistrophe (whence the name). Also, incorrectly, simploce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Symploce sim′plō-sē (rhet.) the repetition of a word at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. an interweaving, fr. to twine together; + to twine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. symplokē, an interweaving.