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Anadiplosis (/ænədɪˈplsɪs/ AN-ə-di-PLOH-sis; Greek: ἀναδίπλωσις, anadíplōsis, "a doubling, folding up") is the repetition of the last word of a preceding clause.[1] The word is used at the end of a sentence and then used again at the beginning of the next sentence.[2]


  • "... how it was that people had lived in this place and in this place had died." — Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
  • "What I present here is what I remember of the letter, and what I remember of the letter I remember verbatim (including that awful French)." —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
  • Noust in the grass / grass in the wind / wind on the lark / lark for the sun / Sun through the sea / sea in the heart / heart in its noust / nothing is lost —John Glenday, Noust
  • "For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime, Young Lycidas and hath not left his peer." —John Milton, Lycidas
  • "Queeg: 'Aboard my ship, excellent performance is standard. Standard performance is sub-standard. Sub-standard performance is not permitted to exist.'" —Herman Wouk, The Caine Mutiny.
  • "Mine be thy love, and thy love's use their treasure." —Shakespeare, Sonnet 20.
  • "Having power makes [totalitarian leadership] isolated; isolation breeds insecurity; insecurity breeds suspicion and fear; suspicion and fear breed violence." —Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Permanent Purge: Politics in Soviet Totalitarianism
  • "The years to come seemed waste of breath, / A waste of breath the years behind" — William Butler Yeats "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death"
  • “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”[3]
  • "Turn the lights out now / Now I'll take you by the hand / Hand you another drink / Drink it if you can / Can you spend a little time? / Time is slipping away / Away from us so stay / Stay with me I can make / Make you glad you came" — The Wanted, "Glad You Came"
  • "I love her! Isn't that a wonder? / I wonder why I didn't want her? / I want her! that's the thing that matters! / And matters are improving daily!" — Sheldon Harnick, "She Loves Me"
  • "Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And weak men create hard times." — Michael Hopf, Those Who Remain
  • "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you." Yoda - Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1st ed.). James and John Knapton, et al. {{cite encyclopedia}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. Oxford University Press, New York, 1971.
  • Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. p. 673. ISBN 0-674-36250-0.
  1. ^ "Anadiplosis". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on 9 July 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Definition of Anadiplosis". 22 October 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Watch Your Thoughts, They Become Words; Watch Your Words, They Become Actions – Quote Investigator".

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