One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences.
- ‘He would be able to label these devices as antimetabole, polyptoton, epistrophe, antithesis, epanalepsis, anaphora, polysyndeton, anastrophe, etc.’
Late 16th century: from Greek epistrophē, from epistrephein ‘to turn around’, from epi ‘in addition’ + strephein ‘to turn’.
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