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1. The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills" (Winston S. Churchill).
2. Linguistics The use of a linguistic unit, such as a pronoun, to refer to the same person or object as another unit, usually a noun. The use of her to refer to the person named by Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt is an example of anaphora.

[Late Latin, from Greek, from anapherein, to bring back : ana-, ana- + pherein, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·phor′ic (ăn′ə-fôr′ĭk) adj.


(əˈnæfərə) or


1. (Grammar) grammar the use of a word such as a pronoun that has the same reference as a word previously used in the same discourse. In the sentence John wrote the essay in the library but Peter did it at home, both did and it are examples of anaphora. Compare cataphora, exophoric
2. (Rhetoric) rhetoric the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses
[C16: via Latin from Greek: repetition, from anapherein, from ana- + pherein to bear]


(əˈnæf ər ə)

1. the use of a word as a regular grammatical substitute for a preceding word or group of words, as the use of it and do in I know it and they do, too.
2. repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two or more successive phrases, verses, clauses, or sentences, as in Shakespeare's “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”
[1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek: act of carrying back, reference, n. derivative of anaphérein to carry back, refer to (ana- ana- + phérein to bear1; compare -phore)]
a•naph′o•ral, adj.


the repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two or more successive verses or clauses, as the repetition of Blessed in the Beatitudes. Cf. epanaphora, epiphora.anaphoral, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices


Repetition of a word or words at the beginnings of successive clauses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anaphora - using a pronoun or similar word instead of repeating a word used earlier
repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
2.anaphora - repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses
repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device


n (Liter, Gram) → Anapher f
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Then in ten sweeping chapters, he takes the reader through the history of the Eucharist, in a broadly (but ecumenically) Roman Catholic perspective; the ecumenical dimension comes across in his use of non-Roman Catholic scholars, his openness to the riches of the Eastern Churches, and the rather Protestant-looking sample anaphoras which appear towards the end.
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