Meaning of anastrophe in English:


Pronunciation /əˈnastrəfi/


mass nounRhetoric
  • The inversion of the usual order of words or clauses.

    ‘The use of repetition, compound words, and anastrophe are key stylistic traits of Circle and are found throughout the collection of historic manuscripts that inspired it.’
    • ‘Old English sounds riddled with anastrophe to speakers of Modern English.’
    • ‘He also engages in that time-tested rhetorical device, the ad hominem attack, through an anastrophe.’
    • ‘That grandness is achieved with two schemes: anastrophe (inversion of normal word order) and antithesis (juxtaposition of contrasting ideas).’
    • ‘The Dryden translation is a little harder to get into with its deliberate archaisms and anastrophes, but once you do it's very rhythmic and compelling.’


Mid 16th century from Greek anastrophē ‘turning back’, from ana- ‘back’ + strephein ‘to turn’.