nounpl. -·tha or -·thons·
- 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”).