- 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.
anaphora definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from ana-, up, back plush pherein, to bear
anaphora definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 back to another unit, as the use of her to refer to Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt.
Origin: Late Latin, from Greek, from anapherein, to bring back : ana-, ana- + pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- anˌa·phorˈic adjective