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ploce

PRONUNCIATION:
(PLO-see)

MEANING:
noun: The repetition of a word or phrase for rhetorical emphasis or for extended meaning.
Examples:
"Why wilt thou sleep the sleep of death?" (William Blake)
"Make war upon themselves - brother to brother / Blood to blood, self against self." (Shakespeare)

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin ploce, from Greek ploke (plaiting), from plekein (to plait).

USAGE:
"Theme and irony both seem to echo through the following lines, in which ploce and pronouns play off one another. Duncan speaks to Lady Macbeth about love and thanks her for the 'trouble' of hosting his visit:
The love that follows us sometimes is our trouble
Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you
How you shall bid God 'ild us for your pains,
And thank us for your trouble."
Paul Pellikka; Echoes of Sound and Sense in Macbeth; Style; Spring 1997.

See more usage examples of ploce in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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