anacoluthon[an′ə kə lo̵̅o̅′t̸hän′]
- 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: Late Greek anakolouthon ; from Classical Greek neuter of anakolouthos, inconsequent ; from an-, not plush akolouthos, following: see acolyte
- anacoluthic adjective
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noun pl. an·a·co·lu·thons or an·a·co·lu·tha
Origin: Late 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).
- anˌa·co·luˈthic adjective