|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||a rhetorical device by which objections are anticipated and answered in advance|
|2.||use of a word after a verb in anticipation of its becoming applicable through the action of the verb, as flat in hammer it flat|
|[C16: via Late Latin from Greek: anticipation, from prolambanein to anticipate, from |
prolepsis pro·lep·sis (prō-lěp'sĭs)
n. pro·lep·ses (-sēz)
The return of paroxysms of a recurrent disease at intervals that progressively become shorter.
a figure of speech in which a future act or development is represented as if already accomplished or existing. The following lines from John Keats's "Isabella" (1820), for example, proleptically anticipate the assassination of a living character:So the two brothers and their murdered manRode past fair
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