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alliteration

Legal Definition of alliteration

Noun

  1. The use or repetition of a succession of words with same initial letter or sound.

Definition of alliteration

Etymology

    Latin ad + litera letter.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn

Noun

alliteration (plural alliterations)

  1. The repetition of consonants at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals; as in the following lines: -

    Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved His vastness. -Milton.
    Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields. -Alfred Tennyson.

Usage notes

The recurrence of the same letter in accented parts of words is also called alliteration. Anglo-Saxon poetry is characterized by alliterative meter of this sort. Later poets also employed it.

In a somer seson whan soft was the sonne, I shope me in shroudes as I a shepe were. - Piers Plowman.

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