Definition of anaphora in English:

anaphora

noun

  • 1Grammar
    The use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to avoid repetition, such as do in I like it and so do they.

    • ‘In similar examples involving not coordination but anaphora (zero or overt), it's much easier to get away with this sort of denotation switching.’
    • ‘Null complement anaphora refers to an elliptical construction in which a VP or IP complement of a verb is dropped.’
    • ‘Trying to make sense of this proposal leads to some interesting observations about grammaticality and anaphora.’
    • ‘Not every theory of pronominal anaphora predicts this possibility.’
    • ‘Binding is concerned with the type of anaphora found with pronouns and reflexives, but the notion is greatly extended.’
  • 2Rhetoric
    The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An analysis of this speech reveals that the student used varied repetition strategies, including anaphora, antithesis, chiasmus, and parallelism.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 16th century: senses 1 and 2 via Latin from Greek, repetition from ana- back + pherein to bear.

Pronunciation:

anaphora

/əˈnaf(ə)rə/