Definition of alliterative in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlɪt(ə)rətɪv/


Relating to or marked by alliteration: alliterative assonance such as ‘sails of silver’ alliterative poetry
More example sentences
  • Spenser begins the stanza with an alliterative play upon ‘joyous’ and ‘just’ which lightens the atmosphere after the sober and tense portrayal of the knight's penance, while emphasising the worth of Charissa's lesson.
  • White's lyricism, sometimes reminiscent of Jean Toomer's sentence fragments and poetic repetition, and her metaphorical and alliterative use of language make her fiction almost indistinguishable from her poetry.
  • Such methods went on to form the basis of the first written English poetry, Anglo-Saxon alliterative verse.



Example sentences
  • Repeating the word ‘field’ in the second clause, however, Warner balances it with form, alliteratively cinching together the natural ‘field’ with its scientific meanings.
  • As Gunderson alliteratively put it, there were other better explanations of a more pronounced class identification in this period than ‘Nash's cumbersome contrivance of class consciousness arising in poverty.’
  • I myself was named alliteratively because my father always wanted to be able to step outside on a warm summer night and holler through cupped hands, ‘Come hither Heather Hamilton.’

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Line breaks: al¦lit¦era|tive

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