An Introduction to Homoioteleuton
Homoioteleuton (derives from Greek combination homios, “like” and teleute, “ending” literally means “like ending”), is the repetition of similar endings in words as the sentence progresses.
Homoioteleuton helps to establish and reinforce connections in expression, as in this example from the prominent English politician Lord Rosebery’sOpens in new window speech in 1899:
- “Imperialism, sane imperialism… is nothing but this – a larger patriotism.”
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Homoioteleuton is often used as a framework of elegance, bringing together words coined with similar endings to create a rhythmic pattern that goes a long way captivating the reader. See examples of homoioteleuton below: