noun[mass noun] Rhetoric
The inversion of the usual order of words or clauses.
- 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 anastrophecatastrophe
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