anaphora

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀναφορά (anaphorá, a carrying back), from ἀνά (aná, up) + φέρω (phérō, I carry).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ænəˈfɔɹə/, /ənˈæfəɹə/

Noun[edit]

anaphora (plural anaphoras or anaphors or anaphora)

Examples (rhetoric)

“Mad world! Mad kings! Mad composition!” - Shakespeare

Examples (expression referring to a preceding expression)

That's John's car. He [referring to "John"] won't want to see you sitting on it [referring to the car].
John had a drink. So did [referring to "had a drink"] Mark.
John had been feeling rather dehydrated. Mark was even more so [referring to "dehydrated"].

  1. (rhetoric) The repetition of a phrase at the beginning of phrases, sentences, or verses, used for emphasis.
  2. (linguistics) An expression that can refer to virtually any referent, the specific referent being defined by context.
  3. (linguistics) An expression that refers to a preceding expression.
  4. plural form of anaphor
  5. plural form of anaphora

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Usage notes[edit]

  • In linguistics, the terms anaphor and anaphora are sometimes used interchangeably, although in some theories, a distinction is made between them. See the Wikipedia article.

Hypernyms[edit]

  • (reference to something previously mentioned): endophora

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