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n. pl. an·a·co·lu·thons or an·a·co·lu·tha (-thə)
An abrupt change within a sentence to a second construction inconsistent with the first, sometimes used for rhetorical effect; for example, I warned him that if he continues to drink, what will become of him?
[Late Latin, from Late Greek anakolouthon, inconsistency in logic, from Greek, neuter of anakolouthos, inconsistent : an-, not; see a-1 + akolouthos, following (a-, together; see sem- in Indo-European roots + keleuthos, path).]
n, pl -tha (-θə)
(Rhetoric) rhetoric a construction that involves the change from one grammatical sequence to another within a single sentence; an example of anacoluthia
[C18: from Late Latin, from Greek anakolouthon, from anakolouthos not consistent, from an- + akolouthos following]
an•a•co•lu•thon(ˌæn ə kəˈlu θɒn)
n., pl. -tha (-thə).
a grammatical construction involving a break in sequence or coherence, as It makes me so - I just get angry.
[1700–10; < Greek anakólouthon, neuter of anakólouthos not following =an- an-1 + akólouthos marching together (a- together + -kolouthos, derivative of kéleuthos road, march)]
a lack of grammatical sequence or coherence, as “He ate cereal, fruit, and went to the store.” Also anacoluthia. — anacoluthic, adj.See also: Grammar