Definition of analepsis in English:

analepsis

noun

mass noun
  • 1Rhetoric
    A literary device in narrative, in which a past event is narrated at a point later than its chronological place in a story.

    ‘writers make strategic use of both analepsis and prolepsis in telling a story’
    Compare with prolepsis
  • 2rare Ascension into heaven.

    ‘the analepsis terminated the earthly ministry’

Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘rhetorical device involving repetition of a word or phrase’): via late Latin from Greek analēpsis, from ana ‘up’ + lambanein ‘take’.

Pronunciation

analepsis

/ˌanəˈlɛpsɪs/