Definition of polyptoton in US English:

polyptoton

noun

Rhetoric
  • A rhetorical figure involving the repetition of a word in different cases or inflections within the same sentence.

Origin

Old English; earliest use found in Byrhtferð of Ramsey (fl. c986–c1016), Benedictine monk and scholar. From post-classical Latin polyptoton from Hellenistic Greek πολύπτωτον, use as noun of neuter of πολύπτωτος, adjective.

Pronunciation

polyptoton

/ˌpɒlɪpˈtəʊtɒn/