The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the end of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs, as "government of the people, by the people, for the people" (Abraham Lincoln).
[Greek epistrophē, a turning about : epi-, epi- + strophē, a turning; see STROPHE.]
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