Figure Name homoioteleuton
Source Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); Ad Herennium ("similiter desinens"); Isidore 1.36.16; Sherry (1550) ("homoteleton," "similiter desinens"); Peacham (1593); Puttenham (1589) ("omoioteleton," "the like loose"); Day 1599 ("omoioteliton," "simiter cadens [sic]" = similiter desinens); JG Smith (1665) ("homoeoteleuton"); Ad Herennium 300 ("Homoeoteleuton"); Garrett Epp (1994) ("similiter desinens," "homoeoteleuton"); Vinssauf (1967) ("similiter desinens"); Macbeth (1876) ("omoioteleuton"); Holmes (1806) ("homoioteleuton"); De Mille (1882) ("homoeoteleuton"); Demetrius (1902) 191; Bullinger (1898) ("homoeoteleuton; or, like endings"); Vickers (1989) ("homoeoteleuton")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms homoeoteleuton, omoioteliton, omoioteleton, similiter desinens, like loose, like endings, homeoteleuton, similiter definens, omoioteleuton, homoeoteleuton
Etymology Gk. homios, "like" and teleute, "ending"
Type None
Linguistic Domain Morphological

1. Similarity of endings of adjacent or parallel words. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Homeoteleuton called of the Latines similiter definens is a figure which endeth diverse members alike in such partes of speech, which have no cases, that is in Verbes and Adverbs. (Peacham)

3. Ending alike: a fig. whereby divers parts, or members of a sentence end alike, &c.; Homoeoteleuton, [homoiotel*uton, Note in marg: See Epistrophe.] similem finem habens, aut similiter desinens, ending alike: derived from [teleuton] ultimum, the last, and [homoios] similiter, alike. A figure when divers parts or members of a sentence end alike: this Exornation for the most part shuts up the clauses of the sentence either with a Verb or an Adverb.(JG Smith)

4. Occurs when the word endings are similar, although the words are indeclinable. (Ad Herennium)

5. Two or more indeclinable words with the same endings, within one period. (Garrett Epp)

6. If a mode of expression both easy and adorned is desired, set aside all the techniques of the dignified style and have recourse to means that are simple, but of a simplicity that does not shock the ear by its rudeness. Here are the rhetorical colours with which to adorn your style: (Vinsauf)

7. When there are similar syllable-endings of two or more successive clauses in a sentence, there being the same case or tense, this is Omoioteleuton, as in Cicero's "Excessit, evasit, erupit;" or Caesar's part of a letter: "Veni, vidi, vici." (Macbeth)

8. Homoioteleuton makes the measure chime, With like sounds, in the end of setter'd thyme. (Holmes)

Homoeoteleuton is the opposite of alliteration, being the repetition of the same sound at the end of words. (De Mille)

10. Contains recurring terminations. (Demetrius)

11. The Repetition of the same Letters or Syllables at the end of Successive Words. (Bullinger, 186)

12. Homoioteleuton (or similiter desinens), where corresponding words (often at the end of a sequence of clauses or sentences) have similar endings. (Vickers 495)


2. He is esteemed eloquent which can invent wittily, remember perfectly, dispose orderly, figure diversly, pronounce aptly, confirm strongly, and conclude directly. (Peacham)

2. No marvell though wisedome complaineth that shee is either wilfully despised, or carelesly neglected, either openly scorned, or secretely abhorred. (Peacham)

4. "You dare to act dishonourably, you strive to talk despicably; you live hatefully, you
sin zealously, you speak offensively." (Ad Herennium)

4. "Blusteringly you threaten; cringingly you appease." (Ad Herennium)

5. Turpiter audes facere; nequiter studes dicere. (ad Her. qtd. in Garrett Epp)

5. Bloody, bawdy villain!
Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain! (Hamlet 2.2 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

3. He is looked upon as an eloquent man, who can invent wittily, remember perfectly, dispose orderly, figure diversly, pronounce aptly, confirm strongly, and conclude directly.

No marvel though wisedome complains that she is either wilfully despised, or carelesly neglected, either openly scorned, or secretly abhorred. (JG Smith)

6. This he had proved (expertus), this he pitied (misertus) - he who, deigning to be born (nasci), came to be reborn (renasci) from death; the man who could be (potuit) - he alone - the being who brought good (profuit) to all. (Vinsauf)

8. Chime and Rhime; as above. (Holmes)

10. 'Against yourself you summon him ; against
the laws you summon him ; against the democracy you summon him.' (Demetrius)

11. "Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away." -1 Pet. 1:3, 4 Here, the Homoeoteleuton emphasizes the wonderous character of this inheritance:- "aphthar ton, amian ton, amaran ton" (incorruptible, undefiled, unfading). It is difficult accurately to reproduce the sound of this in English; except in marking it by the voice in reading aloud. (Bullinger, 187)

12. My mother weeping, my father wailing, my sister crying, our maid howling,
our cat wringing her hands . . .
--Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2.3.6 (Vickers 495)

Kind Of Repetition
Part Of
Related Figures homoioptoton, figures of repetition, figures of parallelism, figures of conjunction, alliteration
Notes Note: This figure is often combined with isocolon and alliteration in accentuating the rhythm of parallel members. Demetrius's ' Homoeoteleuta' are members which have a similar termination. They may end with the same word, as in the sentence : ' You are the man who, when he was alive, spoke to his discredit, and now that he is dead write to his discredit 2 ': or they may end with the same syllable, as in the passage already quoted from the ' Panegyric ' of Isocrates. Note from Garrett Epp: similiter cadens and similiter desinens are often used together;
 in English, since case forms have disappeared, the two terms are sometimes used loosely to mean rhymed endings. -nayoung
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Randy Harris
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