- The definition of anaphora is using the same word or words to start two or more sentences or paragraphs that follow one another.
“Because I understand, because I want to, because I love you” is an example of an anaphora.
Origin of anaphoraClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from ana-, up, back + pherein, to bear
- The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills” (Winston S. Churchill).
- Linguistics The use of a linguistic unit, such as a pronoun, to refer to the same person or object as another unit, usually a noun. The use of her to refer to the person named by Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt is an example of anaphora.
Origin of anaphoraLate Latin, from Greek, from anapherein, to bring back : ana-, ana- + pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural anaphoras or anaphors or anaphora)
- (rhetoric) The repetition of a phrase at the beginning of phrases, sentences, or verses, used for emphasis.
- (linguistics) An expression that can refer to virtually any referent, the specific referent being defined by context.
- (linguistics) An expression that refers to a preceding expression.
- plural form of anaphor
- plural form of anaphora
- In linguistics, the terms anaphor and anaphora are sometimes used interchangeably, although in some theories, a distinction is made between them.
From Ancient Greek ἀναφορά (anaphora, “a carrying back”), from ἀνά (ana, “up”) + φέρω (pherō, “I carry”).