Conduplicatio (con-do-plih-CAT-eeoh): Figure of repetition in which the key word or words in one phrase, clause, or sentence is/are repeated at or very near the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, or phrases; repetition of a key word over successive phrases or clauses. Note: Compare with anadiplosis

 

 

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"This afternoon, in this room, I testified before the Office of Independent Council and the Grand Jury. I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life -- questions no American citizen would ever want to answer."

-- William Jefferson Clinton

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"Drugs don't just destroy their victims; they destroy entire families, schools, and communities."

-- Elizabeth Dole, 1999 San Diego Stump Speech

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"I could list the problems which cause people to feel cynical, problems which include lack of integrity in government, the feeling that the individual no longer counts....'"

-- Barbara Jordan, 1976 Democratic National Convention Address

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"So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King -- yeah, it's true -- but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love -- a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke. We can do well in this country."

-- Robert F. Kennedy, Impromptu remarks on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"There is no question but that this nation cannot stand still, because we are in a deadly competition, a competition not only with the men in the Kremlin, but the men in Peking. We're ahead in this competition, as Senator Kennedy, I think, has implied. But when you're in a race, the only way to stay ahead is to move ahead."

-- Richard M. Nixon, Opening Statement, First Debate with John F. Kennedy

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"And now, I stand before you, Mr. President -- Commander-in-Chief of the army that freed me, and tens of thousands of others -- and I am filled with a profound and abiding gratitude to the American people. Gratitude is a word that I cherish. Gratitude is what defines the humanity of the human being."

-- Elie Wiesel, The Perils of Indifference

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