- a change from one grammatical construction to another within the same sentence, sometimes as a rhetorical device
- a sentence in which this occurs (Ex.: “A man, young lady! lady, such a man as all the world— why, he's a man of wax!”)
Origin of anacoluthonLate Greek anakolouthon ; from Gr, neuter of anakolouthos, inconsequent ; from an-, not + akolouthos, following: see acolyte
nounpl. an·a·co·lu·thons or an·a·co·lu·tha
Origin of anacoluthonLate Latin, from Late Greek anakolouthon, inconsistency in logic, from Greek, neuter of anakolouthos, inconsistent : an-, not; see a–1 + akolouthos, following (a-, together; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots + keleuthos, path).
(plural anacolutha or anacoluthons)
- (grammar) A sentence or clause that is grammatically inconsistent, especially with respect to the type of clausal or phrasal complement for the initial clause.
- (rhetoric) Intentional use of such a structure.
From Late Latin anacolūthon, from Ancient Greek ἀνακόλουθον (anakolouthon, “without sequence, anomalous [of inflections or grammatical constructions]”), from ἀ(ν)- (a-, “un-”) + ἀκόλουθος (akolouthos, “following”).