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From Latin epiphonema, from Ancient Greek ἐπιφώνημα ‎(epiphṓnēma), from ἐπιφωνείν ‎(epiphōneín, call to).


  • IPA(key): /ˌɛpɪfəˈniːmə/


epiphonema ‎(plural epiphonemas or epiphonemata)

  1. (rhetoric) An exclamation or reflection used to summarise or round off an argument or discourse.
    • 1759, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Penguin 2003, p. 50:
      in the midst of a dispute on the subject, in which, by the bye, he was frequently involved,-----he would sometimes break off in a sudden and spirited EPIPHONEMA, or rather EROTESIS, raised a third, and sometimes a full fifth, above the key of the discourse [...].