Definition of analepsis in English:


nounplural noun analepses

  • 1Rhetoric
    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’



/ˌanəˈlepsəs/ /ˌænəˈlɛpsəs/


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’.