noun (plural anacolutha; also -thons) Etymology: Late Latin, from Late Greek anakolouthon inconsistency in logic, from Greek, neuter of anakolouthos inconsistent, from an- + akolouthos following, from ha-, a- together + keleuthos path Date: circa 1706 syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence; especially a shift in an unfinished sentence from one syntactic construction to another (as in “you really ought—well, do it your own way”) • anacoluthic adjectiveanacoluthically adverb

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  • Anacoluthon — An a*co*lu thon, n. [Gr. ?, ?, not following, wanting sequence; an priv. + ? following.] (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anacoluthon — I noun broken thread, disconnectedness, discontinuity, lost connection, non sequitur, unwarranted conclusion II index non sequitur Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • anacoluthon — (n.) want of grammatical sequence; changing constructions in mid clause, 1706, from Latinized form of Gk. anakoluthon, neuter of anakolouthos inconsequent, from an not (see AN (Cf. an ) (1)) + akolouthos following, from copulative prefix a +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • anacoluthon — [an΄ə kə lo͞o′thän΄] n. pl. anacolutha [an΄ə kə lo͞o′thə] or anacoluthons [LGr anakolouthon < Gr, neut. of anakolouthos, inconsequent < an , not + akolouthos, following: see ACOLYTE] 1. a change from one grammatical construction to another… …   English World dictionary

  • Anacoluthon — An anacoluthon is a rhetorical device that can be loosely defined as a change of syntax within a sentence. More specifically, anacoluthons (or anacolutha ) are created when a sentence abruptly changes from one structure to another. Grammatically …   Wikipedia

  • anacoluthon — См. anacoluto …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • anacoluthon — /an euh keuh looh thon/, n., pl. anacolutha / theuh/. Rhet. 1. a construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so I just get angry. 2. an instance of anacoluthia. [1700 10; < Gk anakólouthon, neut. of anakólouthos not… …   Universalium

  • anacoluthon — noun /ænəkəˈluːθɒn/ a) A sentence or other structure with no grammatical sequence; especially when deliberate, as a rhetorical device. b) A sentence or clause that is grammatically inconsistent, especially with respect to the type of clausal or… …   Wiktionary

  • anacoluthon — A Greek term for a sentence which is grammatically unfinished. It is possible that instances in Paul s letters are due to interruptions when he was dictating (e.g. Gal. 2:4) …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • anacoluthon — n. construction that involves a break in grammatical sequence …   English contemporary dictionary

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