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Dictionary Definition

anadiplosis n : repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next [syn: reduplication]

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  1. 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.
    "Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope." (Romans 5:3-4)

Extensive Definition

Anadiplosis is a rhetorical figure of speech in which a word or phrase from the end of a sentence or clause is repeated at the beginning of the next sentence or clause. More generally, it refers to rhetorical repetition for emphasis. The word comes from Greek, meaning "to double back".


  • "The Isles of Greece, the Isles of Greece, where burning Sappho loved and sung" — Byron
  • "Queeg: 'Aboard my ship, excellent performance is standard. Standard performance is sub-standard. Sub-standard performance is not permitted to exist.'" —Herman Wouk, The Caine Mutiny.
  • " Having power makes [totalitarian leadership] isolated; isolation breeds insecurity; insecurity breeds suspicion and fear; suspicion and fear breed violence." —Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Permanent Purge: Politics in Soviet Totalitarianism
  • "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." —Yoda, Star Wars
  • "The frog was a prince / The prince was a brick / The brick was an egg / The egg was a bird" —Supper's Ready by Genesis
  • "Strength through purity, purity through faith." —Chancellor Adam Sutler, V for Vendetta
  • "Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music and music is the best." — Frank Zappa
  • "We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us." —Bible verse Romans|5:3-5|

Other uses

The word was also used in archaic medicine, for a reduplication of the fits, or paroxysms of fevers, in which sense, some writers also called it epanadiplosis.

See also


  • Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. Oxford University Press, New York, 1971.
  • Greek Grammar
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