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[ep-uh-nuh-lep-sis] /ˌɛp ə nəˈlɛp sɪs/
noun, Rhetoric.
a repetition of a word or a phrase with intervening words setting off the repetition, sometimes occurring with a phrase used both at the beginning and end of a sentence, as in Only the poor really know what it is to suffer; only the poor.
Origin of epanalepsis
1575-85; < Greek epanálēpsis literally, resumption, taking up again, equivalent to ep- ep- + ana- ana- + lêpsis taking hold (lēp-, variant stem of lambánein to take + -sis -sis) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for epanalepsis


(rhetoric) the repetition, after a more or less lengthy passage of subordinate or parenthetic text, of a word or clause that was used before
Derived Forms
epanaleptic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Greek, from epi- + ana- + lēpis taking, from lambanein to take up
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