anastrophe

Main Entry: anas·tro·phe
Pronunciation: \ə-ˈnas-trə-(ˌ)fē\
Function: noun
Date: circa 1550
Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Greek anastrophē, literally, turning back, from anastrephein to turn back, from ana- + strephein to turn.

: inversion of the usual syntactical order of words for rhetorical effect

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One thought on “anastrophe

  1. oooh, i like that word. it just sounds lover-ly rolling off the tongue, and not to mention it makes the speaker sound so very smart!

    peace!

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