Meaning of anaphora


Pronunciation: (u-naf'ur-u), [key]
— n.
  1. repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences. Cf. epistrophe (def. 1),
  2. the use of a word as a regular grammatical substitute for a preceding word or group of words, as the use of it and do in I know it and he does too. Cf. cataphora.
  3. (sometimes cap.)
    1. the prayer of oblation and consecration in the Divine Liturgy during which the Eucharistic elements are offered.
    2. the part of the ceremony during which the Eucharistic elements are offered as an oblation.
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