Conduplicatio (con-do-plih-CAE-sheeoh): 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.

Examples

"Good evening. This afternoon, in this room, from this chair, 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, Address to the Nation on Grand Jury Testimony

"Drugs have greater potential to cripple our nation than almost any other calamity. Drugs don't just destroy their victims; they destroy entire families, schools, and communities."

-- Elizabeth Dole, 1999 Campaign Speech in San Diego

"I could easily spend this time praising the accomplishments of this party and attacking the Republicans -- but I don't choose to do that. I could list the many problems which Americans have. I could list the problems which cause people to feel cynical, angry, frustrated: problems which include lack of integrity in government; the feeling that the individual no longer counts; the reality of material and spiritual poverty; the feeling that the grand American experiment is failing or has failed. I could recite these problems, and then I could sit down and offer no solutions. But I don't choose to do that either. The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems."

-- Barbara Jordan, 1976 Democratic National Convention Address

"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.

"There is no question but that we cannot discuss our internal affairs in the United States without recognizing that they have a tremendous bearing on our international position. 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

"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, Harvard Law School Forum Address

 

"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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