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Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἀναστροφή (anastrophḗ).


anastrophe (countable and uncountable, plural anastrophes)

  1. (rhetoric) Unusual word order, often involving an inversion of the usual pattern of the sentence.
    Synonyms: inversion, hyperbaton
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, [], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511, page 43:
      Anastrophe often, by a pleasing change,
      Gracefuly puts last the words that first should range.
    • 1910, George Meredith, chapter XII, in Celt and Saxon[1]:
      [] thus the foreign-born baby was denounced and welcomed, the circumstances lamented and the mother congratulated, in a breath, all under cover of the happiest misunderstanding, as effective as the cabalism of Prospero's wand among the Neapolitan mariners, by the skilful Irish development on a grand scale of the rhetorical figure anastrophe, or a turning about and about.

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anastrophe f (plural anastrophes)

  1. anastrophe

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