homoioteleuton  homoioteleuton
 ho-mee-o-te-loot'-on from Gk. homios, "like" and teleute, "ending"
Also sp. homoeoteleuton, omoioteliton, omoioteleton
similiter desinens
like loose, like endings

  Similarity of endings of adjacent or parallel words.


He is esteemed eloquent which can invent wittily, remember perfectly, dispose orderly, figure diversly [sic], pronounce aptly, confirme strongly, and conclude directly —Peacham
Note the series of verbs followed by an adverb ending in "ly"

Note: This figure is often combined with isocolon and alliteration in accentuing the rhythm of parallel members.

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See Also

Sources: Ad Herennium 4.20.28 ("similiter desinens"); Isidore 1.36.16; Sherry (1550) 58 ("homoteleton," "similiter desinens"); Peacham (1577) K1v; Putt. (1589) 184 ("omoioteleton," "the like loose"); Day 1599 86 ("omoioteliton," "simiter cadens [sic]" = similiter desinens)

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