repetition

Use the noun repetition to describe something that is repeated over and over, like the repetition of singing the alphabet song several times a day to help young children learn the letters.

To correctly pronounce repetition, accent the third syllable: "re-peh-TIH-shun." Repetition and the closely related repeat come from the Latin word repetere, meaning "do or say again." It can be a very effective tool in public speaking, such as the repetition of "I have a dream that one day . . ." in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech.

DEFINITIONS OF: repetition

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n the act of doing or performing again

Synonyms:
repeating
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echolalia
(psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia)
iteration
doing or saying again; a repeated performance
redundancy
repetition of an act needlessly
reduplication, reiteration
the act of repeating over and again (or an instance thereof)
copying
an act of copying
action replay, instant replay, replay
the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
renewal
the act of renewing
replication
the repetition of an experiment in order to test the validity of its conclusion
duplication, gemination
the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something
replication, reproduction
the act of making copies
imitation
copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
self-renewal
the act of renewing yourself (or itself)
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continuance, continuation
the act of continuing an activity without interruption

n an event that repeats

Synonyms:
repeat
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sequence
several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys
cycle
a periodically repeated sequence of events
rematch, replay
something (especially a game) that is played again
recurrence, return
happening again (especially at regular intervals)
merry-go-round
a never-ending cycle of activities and events (especially when they seem to have little purpose)
samsara
(Hinduism and Buddhism) the endless cycle of birth and suffering and death and rebirth
atavism, reversion, throwback
a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
flashback
an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience (especially a recurrence of the effects of an hallucinogenic drug taken much earlier)
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periodic event, recurrent event
an event that recurs at intervals

n the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device

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anadiplosis, reduplication
repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next
epanalepsis
repetition after intervening words
epanodos
repetition of a group of words in reverse order
epiphora, epistrophe
repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
gemination
the doubling of a word or phrase (as for rhetorical effect)
ploce
(rhetoric) repetition to gain special emphasis or extend meaning
polyptoton
repetition of a word in a different case or inflection in the same sentence
anaphora, epanaphora
repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses
anaphora
using a pronoun or similar word instead of repeating a word used earlier
symploce
repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses, i.e., simultaneous use of anaphora and epistrophe
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rhetorical device
a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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