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The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the end of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs, as "government of the people, by the people, for the people" (Abraham Lincoln).

[Greek epistrophē, a turning about : epi-, epi- + strophē, a turning; see strophe.]


(Rhetoric) rhetoric repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences
[C17: New Latin, from Greek, from epi- + strophē a turning]


(ɪˈpɪs trə fi)

the repetition of a word or words at the end of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences, as in “I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong. …”
[1640–50; < New Latin < Greek epistrophḗ; see epi-, strophe]
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Noun1.epistrophe - repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device