nounplural noun analepses
A literary device in narrative, in which a past event is narrated at a point later than its chronological place in a story.Compare with prolepsis
- ‘writers make strategic use of both analepsis and prolepsis in telling a story’
2 rare Ascension into heaven.
- ‘the analepsis terminated the earthly ministry’
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘rhetorical device involving repetition of a word or phrase’): via late Latin from Greek analēpsis, from ana ‘up’ + lambanein ‘take’.