alliterate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v alliterate use alliteration as a form of poetry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Alliterate To compose alliteratively; also, to constitute alliteration.
    • v. t Alliterate To employ or place so as to make alliteration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alliterate To begin with the same letter or sound, as two or more words in immediate or near succession; agree in initial letter or sound; make an alliteration.
    • alliterate To use alliteration.
    • n alliterate One given to the use of alliteration.
    • alliterate Formed by or showing alliteration: as, alliterate words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Alliterate to begin with the same letter: to constitute alliteration
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Quotations

  • Charles Churchill
    Charles Churchill
    “Who often, but without success, have prayed for apt Alliteration's artful aid.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. ad, to, and litera, a letter.

Usage

In literature:

Alliteration charms him with its too artful aid.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
The alliteration is pleasing.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Others catch the ear because of their alliteration; that is to say, two or three of their words begin with the same letter.
"Stories That Words Tell Us" by Elizabeth O'Neill
The musical alliteration in lines 86-88 should be noted.
"Milton's Comus" by John Milton
The study is interesting, with its talk of alliteration and transverse alliteration, antithesis, climax, and assonance.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
Find in the models examples of antithesis, alliteration, and simile.
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
Very remarkable is the combination of rime and frequent alliteration in Browning's Abt Vogler.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
Find examples of alliteration, of onomatopoeia, of all the figures of speech that you can find here.
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
Alliteration, in Anglo-Saxon and in French, 37 ff., in Aldhelm, 66, after the Conquest, 205 ff.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Alliteration and rhyme together will, I am afraid, be too much for me.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
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In poetry:

By pure Alliteration
You may trace this curious nation,
And respect this somewhat scattered principality;
When you see a B in Both
You may take your Bible oath
You are violating Belgian neutrality.
"Alliterativism" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
By pure Alliteration
You may trace this curious nation,
And respect this somewhat scattered Principality;
When you see a B in Both
You may take your Bible oath
You are violating Belgian neutrality.
"The Latest School" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

Okay, now that the primate puns (and attendant alliteration) are out of the way, seriously take a look at this baby macaque.
Paton gives Kirkpatrick her own alliteration .
Alliteration the tested triumph of truth.
The alliterations are endless when it comes to creatures that send shivers up our spines and goosebumps down our legs.
OK, that's not the most accurate headline in the world, but hopefully it got you reading this far … and besides my readers know I love alliteration.
Alliteration was at the festive fore with "Pearls of Pride and Promise" and People's Program amassing their own.
Rainier Beer – Recollect, Relight & Other Alliterations.
Rainier Beer – Recollect , Relight & Other Alliterations.
Binders Full of Alliteration.
Weddings, concerts and mass meditations are planned for the last alliteration date this century.
The daily drumbeat of depressing details about the deadlock in DC has created an unexplainable and unpleasant uptick in anxious and addictive alliteration.
Sean Kluesner and Lisa Brashear will be married Wednesday, an auspicious date for numerologists, as well as folks who just like numerical alliteration.
The Italian language has a beautiful ring with lyrical words that dance with alliteration.
Borrowing the practice of alliteration from my pastor, I must say I have found the effort one worthwhile, wondrous and sometimes a test of willpower.
I should have also added the word "enigma" to the title of this post, but it would have messed up my alliteration.
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