from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Rhetorical repetition at the beginning of a phrase of the word or words with which the previous phrase ended; for example, He is a man of loyalty—loyalty always firm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rhetorical device in which a word or phrase used at the end of a sentence or clause is repeated near the beginning of the next sentence or clause.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A repetition of the last word or any prominent word in a sentence or clause, at the beginning of the next, with an adjunct idea.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A figure in rhetoric and poetry, consisting in the repetition at the beginning of a line or clause of the last word or words preceding, as in the following examples:
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next
One discovers numerous examples in which De Luca uses such rhetorical devices as anadiplosis or the repetition of a word at the end of a clause or at the beginning of another; anaphora or the repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of successive clauses; or anastrophe which is the inversion of the usual word order within a sentence.
Note: Can you spot the anaphora and the anadiplosis?
In an anadiplosis one repeats a word near the end of one phrase or clause at the beginning of the next.
For instance, here's an anadiplosis from Shakespeare's Richard II:
This figure is known to the rhetoricians as anadiplosis, or the beginning of a phrase with the final words of the previous phrase; it is also ploce, the insistent repetition of a word within the same line or phrase.
And some of the tricks which the boy-poet has caught are interesting and abode with him, such as the _anadiplosis_ --
The sudden introduction of the interrogative clause in this line is an example of the figure of speech called anadiplosis.
In so doing, I have left out anadiplosis, the ` use of the last word in one clause to begin another. '
n. - an abrupt shift in midsentence in syntax to another construction adj. - jovial, festive and amatory anadiplosis