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[hi-pal-uh-jee, hahy-] /hɪˈpæl ə dʒi, haɪ-/
noun, Rhetoric.
the reversal of the expected syntactic relation between two words, as in “her beauty's face” for “her face's beauty.”.
Origin of hypallage
1580-90; < Latin < Greek hypallagḗ interchange, equivalent to hyp- hyp- + allagḗ change (all- all- + ag- (stem of ágein to lead; see -agogue) + noun suffix) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Sterili is transferred by hypallage from litus; siccum serves no purpose beyond providing a balancing epithet.

  • The epithet is, by hypallage, transferred from the person to the dew or cold sweat which ‘dips’ or moistens his body.

    Milton's Comus John Milton
British Dictionary definitions for hypallage


(rhetoric) a figure of speech in which the natural relations of two words in a statement are interchanged, as in the fire spread the wind
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek hupallagē interchange, from hypo- + allassein to exchange
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