anacoluthon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n anacoluthon an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anacoluthon (Gram) A lack of grammatical sequence or coherence in a sentence; an instance of a change of construction in a sentence so that the latter part does not syntactically correspond with the first part.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anacoluthon In grammar and rhetoric, an instance of anacoluthia; a construction characterized by a want of grammatical sequence. For example: “And he charged him to tell no man: but go and shew thyself to the priest.” Luke v. 14. “He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.” Mat. xv. 4. As a figure of speech it has propriety and force only so far as it suggests that the emotion of the speaker is so great as to make him forget how he began his sentence, as in the following examples:
    • n anacoluthon Also spelled anakoluthon and anakolouthon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anacoluthon an-a-ko-lū′thon want of sequence in the construction of a sentence, when the latter part does not grammatically correspond with the former: a sentence exhibiting an Anacoluthia, or the passing from one construction to another before the former is completed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , , not following, wanting sequence; 'an priv. + following
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anakolouthosa, an, neg., and akolouthos, following.

Usage

In literature:

Thou eat'st.= An anacoluthon.
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
The anacoluthon in line 3, and the missing rhyme before the burden, in line 4, are characteristic of Khayyam.
"The Sufistic Quatrains of Omar Khayyam" by Omar Khayyam
Luke's change of Mark's vs. 23 is explained by the anacoluthon in Mark.
"Sources of the Synoptic Gospels" by Carl S. Patton
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