Definition of anastrophe in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnastrəfi/


[mass noun] Rhetoric
The inversion of the usual order of words or clauses.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with anastrophe


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Line breaks: anas|tro¦phe

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