Figure Name anadiplosis
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham (1593); Fraunce (1588) ("anadiplosis," "climax"); Puttenham (1589) ("anadiplosis," "the redouble"); Day 1599; Hoskins 1599; JG Smith (1665) ("anadiplosis"); Ad Herennium ("reduplication") (324); Macbeth (1876); Holmes (1806) ("anadiplosis"); De Mille (1882); Blount (1653) 6; Bullinger (1898) ("anadiplosis; or, like sentence endings and beginnings"); Norwood (1742) ("anadiplosis"); Vickers (1989) ("Anadiplosis (or reduplicatio)")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms reduplicatio, the redouble, like sentence endings and beginnings
Etymology from Gk. ana "again" and diploun "to double" or diplous "double"
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. The repetition of the last word (or phrase) from the previous line, clause, or sentence at the beginning of the next. Often combined with climax. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Anadiplosis is a figure by which the lat word of the first clause is the beginning of the second. (Peacham)

3. Redoubling: a figure whereby the last word, or sound of the first clause, is repeated in the beginning of the next.; Anadiplosis, Reduplicatio, Reduplication, or redoubling, derived from, re, again, et , (diploo) duplico to double. A figure whereby the last word or sound of the first clause is repeated in the beginning of the next. (JG Smith)

4. Reduplication is the repetition of one or
more words for the purpose of Amplification or Appeal to Pity. (Ad Herennium)

5. Anadiplosis is the use of the same word at the end of one clause and at the beginning of another, as:
"He retained his virtues amid all his misfortunes; misfortunes which no prudence could foresee or prevent." (Macbeth)

6. Anadiplosis ends the former line, With what the next does for its first design. (Holmes)

Anadiplosis is that figure by which the word used at the end of one sentence or clause is repeated at the beginning of another:
"When the sun set, where were they!
And where are they, and where are thou,
My country." -BYRON. (De Mille)

8. "a repetition in the end of a former sentence, and beginning of the next" (Blount)

9. The Repetition of the same Word or Words at the end of one Sentence and at the beginning of another... The words so repeated are thus emphasized as being the most important words in the sentence, which we are to mark and consider in translation and exposition. (Bullinger, 269)

10. ANADlPLOSIS. Anadiplosis, derived from the Greek (ana, re, and diploo,) duplico. This Figure pronounceth the same word in different sentences: when the last word of the preceding proposition is repeated in the beginning of the following. (Norwood, 65)

11. Anadiplosis (or reduplicatio), where the last word(s) of one clause or sentence become(s) the first of the one following. (Vickers 492)


1. The love of wicked men converts to fear,
That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both
To worthy danger and deserved death.
—Shakespeare, Richard II 5.1.66-68

1. The following shows anadiplosis of a phrase:
...a man could stand and see the whole wide reach
Of blue Atlantic. But he stayed ashore. /
He stayed ashore and plowed, and drilled his rows...
— Charles Bruce, "Biography"

2. Now followeth faire Assur, Assur trusting to his steede. Another: With death, death must be recompenced. On mischief, mischief must be heapt. (Virgill qtd. in Peacham)

2. For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land that floweth with milke and honie. (Moses in Deut.8 qtd. in Peacham)

2. This is an obstinate people, and dissembling children, children that refuse to heare the voyce of the Lord. (Esay in Esa.30 qtd. in Peacham)

2. If we live, we live unto the Lord, if we die, we die unto the Lord. (Paule qtd. in Peacham)

4. "You are promoting riots, Gaius Gracchus, yes, civil and internal riots." (Ad Herennium)

4. "You were not moved when his mother embraced your knees ? You Mere not moved ? " (Ad Herennium)

4. embraced your knees ? You Mere not moved ? " *
Again :
" You now even dare to come into the sight
of these citizens, traitor to the fatherland ? Traitor, I say, to the fatherland, you dare come into the sight of these citizens?" (Ad Herennium)

3. Prize wisdom, wisdom is a jewel too precious to be slighted. (JG Smith)

6. Prize Wisdom; Wisdom is a precious Jewel. (Holmes)

7. "Three fishers when sailing out into the west,
Out into the west as the sun went down." -KINGSLEY. (De Mille)

7. "Lycidas is dead-dead ere his prime." -MILTON (De Mille)

8. "you fear left you should offend; offend, O how know you that you should offend? Because he doth deny, deny? Now in earnest I could laugh, dye." (Blount)

9. "Then said they among the heathen,
The LORD hath done great things for them,
The LORD hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad."
-Ps. 126:2,3. (Bullinger, 272)

10. Rom. 14. 8. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; or whether we die, we die unto the Lord: and therefore in either state, it is our business to preserve in our minds a lively sense of God's providence; and refer ourselves to his care and protection of our souls and bodies; since whether we live or die, we are the
Lord's. See Rom. 8. 17. (Norwood, 65)

11. Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Featur'd like him, like him with friends possess'd. --Shakespeare, "Sonnet 29" (Vickers 492)

Kind Of Repetition
Part Of
Related Figures climax, figures of repetition
Notes The repeated word/clause is symmetrical with the form/place of the first word/clause. Peacham claims that this figure might also be called "the Rhetoricall Eccho" because it "carrieth the resemblance of a rebounded voyce, or iterated sound."
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Daniel Etigson
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
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