noun, plural anacolutha [an-uh-kuh-loo-thuh] . Rhetoric.
a construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so—I just get angry.
an instance of anacoluthia.

1700–10; < Greek anakólouthon, neuter of anakólouthos not following, equivalent to an- an-1 + akólouthos marching together (a- together + kolouth-, gradational variant of keleuth- road, march + -os adj. suffix Unabridged
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anacoluthon (ˌænəkəˈluːθɒn)
n , pl -tha
rhetoric a construction that involves the change from one grammatical sequence to another within a single sentence; an example of anacoluthia
[C18: from Late Latin, from Greek anakolouthon, from anakolouthos not consistent, from an- + akolouthos following]

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1706, "want of grammatical sequence, changing constructions in mid-clause," from L., from Gk. anacoluthon, neut. of anakolouthos "inconsequent," from an- "not" + akolouthos "following," from copulative prefix a- + keleuthos "way, road, track, path" (see celerity).
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