• IPA: /ænəˈfɔɹə/, /ənˈæfəɹə/


anaphora (plural anaphoras)

  1. (rhetoric) The repetition of a phrase at the beginning of phrases, sentences, or verses, used for emphasis.
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, […], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511 ↗, page 73 ↗:
      Anaphora elegantly begins
      With the same word or phrase successive lines.]
    Antonyms: epiphora, epistrophe
  2. (linguistics) An expression that can refer to virtually any referent, the specific referent being defined by context.
  3. (linguistics) An expression that refers to a preceding expression.
    Hypernyms: endophora
    Coordinate terms: cataphora#English|cataphora, exophora#English|exophora, homophora#English|homophora
  4. (Christianity) The most solemn part of the Divine Liturgy or the Mass during which the offerings of bread and wine are consecrated as body and blood of Christ
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  1. plural form of anaphor

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