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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

epexegesis

\ep-ek-si-JEE-sis\ , noun;
1.
the addition of a word or words to explain a preceding word or sentence.
2.
the word or words so added.
Quotes:
But you did establish personal contact? In epexegesis or on a point of order?
-- James Joyce, Finnegan's Wake
One of the most striking peculiarities of colloquial speech in Dutch, and of natural free talk in general, is what is called epexegesis.
-- Jan Gonda, Selected Studies
Origin:
Epexegesis, a late Renaissance word, is derived from the Greek epexḗgēsis meaning explanation.
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