noun (plural anacolutha /ˌanəkəˈluːθə/)
A sentence or construction in which the expected grammatical sequence is absent, for example while in the garden, the door banged shut.
- The poem's ruins are a kind of anacoluthon in stone, a failed statement, the shattered vessels that once held the noisy social world of the noble warrior, from which the speaker is cut off and to which he cannot return.
- He takes no thought for style, and his work is marked by frequent pleonasm, anacoluthon, etc.
- This constraint shows itself in the repetition of words and phrases; in the verbal oppositions and anacolutha of St. Paul; in the short sentences of St. John.
- Example sentences
- His theoretical interests include the cyclical nature of desire and the engagement of anacoluthic time.
- However he points out that the recourse to syntactic norms yields an anacoluthic sentence in that the substantive ‘riverrun’ lacks some kind of article.
- The cast includes this actress, as the season's most adorable waif, whose anacoluthic lament for a hot-rod lover creates a haunting innocence amid squalor.
Early 18th century: via late Latin from Greek anakolouthon, from an- 'not' + akolouthos 'following'.
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