1. Also called epiphora. Rhetoric. the repetition of a word or words at the end of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences, as in “I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong. …”Compare anaphora(def 1).
  2. Neoplatonism. the realization by an intellect of its remoteness from the One.


  1. rhetoric repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences

1640s, from Late Latin epistrophe, from Greek epistrophe “a turning about,” from epi “upon” (see epi-) + strophe “a turning” (see strophe).

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