One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The use of a word referring back to a word used earlier in a text or conversation, to avoid repetition, for example the pronouns he, she, it, and they and the verb do in I like it and so do they.Compare with cataphora
- ‘In similar examples involving not coordination but anaphora (zero or overt), it's much easier to get away with this sort of denotation switching.’
- ‘Not every theory of pronominal anaphora predicts this possibility.’
- ‘Null complement anaphora refers to an elliptical construction in which a VP or IP complement of a verb is dropped.’
- ‘Binding is concerned with the type of anaphora found with pronouns and reflexives, but the notion is greatly extended.’
- ‘Trying to make sense of this proposal leads to some interesting observations about grammaticality and anaphora.’
The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses.
- ‘An analysis of this speech reveals that the student used varied repetition strategies, including anaphora, antithesis, chiasmus, and parallelism.’
- ‘This was a suite of six prose poems, mostly composed in an ironic and decorative biblical style replete with anaphora and the artificiality of thee's, thy's and thou's.’
- ‘Many of the poems in Lateness use anaphora as a vehicle against time because it allows for sensual expressions of textures.’
- ‘Through alliteration, anaphora, parallelism and slant-rhyme, Sleigh builds momentum into the eleven, rhythmic couplets and suggests a train's smooth travel.’
- ‘The ultimate purpose of the poem is not to list the queen's virtues but to praise them; the exhortation in the opening ‘Praisd be’ is further emphasized by insistent anaphora and repeated trochees in the first seven lines.’
The part of the Eucharist which contains the consecration, anamnesis, and communion.
- ‘This is a far cry from Corbon's more simplistic description of the Eucharistic canon as prelude, liturgy of the word, anaphora, communion, and finale.’
- ‘I say ‘surrounding’ as well as ‘focused in’ because the anaphora is but the centerpiece of a series of actions which precede and follow the anaphora itself.’
- ‘The aspect of anaphora is developed by John Zizioulas, ‘Ministry,’ in contrast to its baptismal withdrawal from the world.’
- ‘The paradigm which the Eucharist expresses can be usefully described, I think, in terms of a threefold succession of ideas: ecclesia, anaphora, and diaspora.’
Late 16th century: anaphora (sense 1, via Latin from Greek, ‘repetition’, from ana- ‘back’ + pherein ‘to bear’; anaphora (sense 3) from late Greek.
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