Parachesis is the repetition of a similar sound across multiple words.

Random examples of parachesis:
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The man began to understand.
It was roughly the stuff of a simple kerfuffle.
I see the sky and cannot deny.

  • Parachesis is a general term for repetition of sounds across words and so includes other forms of sonic repetition such as alliteration, consonance and assonance.
  • Parchesis is, however, looser than other methods and can be used in more generalized ways.
  • As with other similar forms, parachesis invokes the principle of repetition and so may be used for such purpose as gaining attention, creating focus and building emphasis.

(Definition and examples are taken from

Examples from text:

The Demon Pope
This is an explicit example of repetition of sounds

"“Bub-ub-bub-boo,” went Lucifer, who still had the gag in his mouth."

The Company of Wolves
Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber (1979)
The repetition of "she" and what "she is" or what "she feels" is used for creating a focus and building emphasis in the story.

"She is an unbroken egg; she is a sealed vessel; she has inside her a magic space the entrance to which is shut tight with a plug of membrane; she is a closed system; she does not know how to shiver. She has her knife and she is afraid of nothing."

James Joyce made up nine 101-letter words in his novel Finnegans Wake, the most famous of which is "Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk."

Kelli Holland