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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.
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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]
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(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.
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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
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Repetition of a word or words at the beginnings of successive clauses.
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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
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n (Liter, Gram) → Anapher f
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Anaphoras refer to words used earlier in a sentence or a discourse, the antecedents.
Anaphora resolution is at present one of the central topics in psycholinguistics.
captures this truncation through a long discussion of the sacrificial language of liturgical texts (18 anaphoras), East and West, Protestant and Catholic.
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Scholars are unanimous in agreeing it is one of the most ancient anaphoras in continuous use in the age-old Eastern Syrian Christendom of Mesopotamia since time immemorial," said Jesuit Fr.
Given that the mid-fourth century saw the emergence of the classical anaphoras, then the anaphora of Sarapion is rightly interpreted as belonging to that emergence.
Section 2 of part 1 discusses the sources of Egyptian liturgies, the anaphoras, and how they express the Christology in the context of worship.
The next section of the book deals with the origins of the anaphoras of the Alexandrian and Roman traditions.
Of the nine essays included here, two have been slightly revised since their first publication and two (on the epiclesis in East Syrian anaphoras and on the relationship of those prayers to modern liturgical revision) are actually new compositions appearing for the very first time.
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.
This important study on the common origin of two of the most influential Eastern anaphoras is a light revision of a Ph.D.
Ever since the discovery of the prayers attributed to Sarapion of Thmuis in the eleventh century Greek manuscript (Ms Lavra 149) by Dimitrievskij in 1894, and their publication by Georg Wobbermin, short and extended articles have appeared questioning the original sequence of the prayers, their authorship and orthodoxy, and, inevitably, the `original form' of the anaphora. In this thorough study of the prayer collection, based on a microfilm of Ms Lavra 149 rather than previous printed texts, Maxwell Johnson subjects the whole euchology to a full literary, liturgical, and theological analysis, and the result is a paradigm for this sort of liturgical research.