Figure Name repetitio
Source Bullinger (1898) ("repetitio; or, repetition")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms repetition
Etymology None
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. Repetition of the same Word or Words irregularly in the same Passage. THIS name is generally given as an alternative to the figure of Geminatio or Epizeuxis. But as that figure already has several names, and there is another form of repetition which seems to be without a name, we have appropriated Repetiton (ie. Repetition), to that form which comes under none of the figures already innumerated. A word or words are repeated, not in immediate succession, as in Epizeuxis; not at the beginning, middle, or end of sentences (as in those just treated); not at definite intervals; but frequently in the same passage and irregularly for the sake of emphasizing and calling attention to it. (Bullinger, 281)


1. John 16:12-15. -Here, the verbs "shall" and "will" are repeated eleven times in those four verses, in order to impress us with the importance of the promise and the absolute certainty of its performance. "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of truth, is (shall have) come, He will guide you into all truth ("all the truth," R.V.): for He shall not speak of (ie. from) Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you." (Bullinger, 281)

Kind Of Repetition
Part Of
Related Figures epizeuxis
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ioanna Malton
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
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