Definition of anastrophe in English:


Line breaks: anas|tro¦phe
Pronunciation: /əˈnastrəfi


[mass noun] Rhetoric
  • The inversion of the usual order of words or clauses.
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    • The use of repetition, compound words, and anastrophe are key stylistic traits of Circle and are found throughout the collection of historic manuscripts that inspired it.
    • Old English sounds riddled with anastrophe to speakers of Modern English.
    • He also engages in that time-tested rhetorical device, the ad hominem attack, through an anastrophe.


mid 16th century: from Greek anastrophē 'turning back', from ana- 'back' + strephein 'to turn'.

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