antanaclasis

antanaclasis

[ant-an-uh-klas-is]
noun Rhetoric.
a form of speech in which a key word is repeated and used in a different, and sometimes contrary, way for a play on words, as in The craft of a politician is to appear before the public without craft.

Origin:
1640–50; < Greek antanáklasis literally, echo, reflection, equivalent to ant- ant- + ana- ana- + klásis a breaking, bending (see -clase, -clasis)

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antanaclasis

a word used in two or more of its possible meanings, as in the final two lines of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening":The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep.

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