Figure Name anacoloutha
Source Silva Rhetoricae (
Earliest Source None
Etymology None
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Lexicographic

Substituting one word with another whose meaning is very close to the original, but in a non-reciprocal fashion; that is, one could not use the first, original word as a substitute for the second. This is the opposite of acoloutha.


"When Diana lighteth Late her crystal lamp, Her pale glory kindleth
From her brother’s fire." —the manuscript of Benedictbeuern
The word "glory" is being used instead of "light," but the replacement is not reciprocal; “light” would probably not be used for “glory.”

Kind Of Identity
Part Of
Related Figures acoloutha, figures of substitution, metaphor
Notes Acoloutha is the opposite of anacoloutha, a reciprocal metaphor.
Confidence Very Confident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
Confidence Very Confident
Editorial Notes acoloutha should be related figure (I added it). rm semantic and syntactic LD and added lexicographic.
Reviewed Yes
Reviewer Ashley Rose Kelly