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 near the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, or phrases; repetition of a key word over successive phrases or clauses. Note: Compare with anadiplosis.


"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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"The enemy of women today in this country is not men. I think that men are fellow victims of the denigration of women, of the generations of denigration of women, that is now implicit in women's own denigration of themselves. When a woman is told to make marriage all of life in a time at a place where no man can possibly expect to make marriage all of life, that woman is, by definition, going to demand so much of marriage that she is going to find the man inadequate."

-- Betty Friedan, Dare We Not Discriminate?

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"The long agony is over. We are finally free, and we can  be truly proud of the unprecedented way we achieved our freedom -- with courage and with determination and, most important, in peace. A new life starts for our country tomorrow, a life filled with hope and, I believe, a life that will be blessed with peace and progress."

-- Corazon Aquino, New Beginning Address to the People

"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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