periodic sentence


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periodic sentence

n.
A sentence in which the main clause or its predicate is withheld until the end; for example, Despite heavy winds and nearly impenetrable ground fog, the plane landed safely.

periodic sentence

(ˌpɪərɪˈɒdɪk)
n
(Rhetoric) rhetoric a sentence in which the completion of the main clause is left to the end, thus creating an effect of suspense

pe′ri•od′ic sen′tence

(ˈpɪər iˈɒd ɪk, ˌpɪər-)
n.
a sentence that, by leaving the completion of its main clause to the end, produces an effect of suspense, as in All alone in the world, without any money, he died.
Compare loose sentence.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.periodic sentence - a complex sentence in which the main clause comes last and is preceded by the subordinate clause
complex sentence - a sentence composed of at least one main clause and one subordinate clause
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Unlike a more "strung-on" style, the progression of the periodic sentence leads the reader to the emphatic and pivotal ending.
Throughout the Renaissance, the periodic sentence is central -- both as vital component and paradigm -- to prose and poetic composition, allowing the production of elaborate textual architectures.
In a lengthy periodic sentence, comparable to Melville's evocation of the try-works as Ahab's counterpart, Wright describes this horror.
The periodic sentence, with its lovely interior architecture of subordinate clauses, is less common now than a century and more ago.