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Meaning of ALLITERATION

Pronunciation:  u`litu'reyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse; "around the rock the ragged rascal ran"
 

ALLITERATION is a 12 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: beginning rhyme, head rhyme, initial rhyme
 
 See Also: rhyme, rime

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Al*lit`er*a"tion\, n. [L. ad + litera letter. See
{Letter}.]
The repetition of the same letter 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.    --Tennyson.

Note: 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.  --P. Plowman.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: assonance, blank verse, chime, clink, consonance, crambo, dingdong, double rhyme, drone, eye rhyme, harping, humdrum, jingle, jingle-jangle, monotone, monotony, near rhyme, paronomasia, pitter-patter, pun, repeated sounds, repetitiousness, repetitiveness, rhyme, rhyme royal, rhyme scheme, rhyming dictionary, single rhyme, singsong, slant rhyme, stale repetition, tail rhyme, tedium, trot, unnecessary repetition, unrhymed poetry
 

 

 

 

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