- a figure of speech in which the logical order of two elements in discourse is reversed, as in “bred and born” for “born and bred.”
Origin of hysteron proteron
Examples from the Web for hysteron proteron
Hysteron-proteron, his′ter-on-prot′er-on, n. a figure of speech in which what should follow comes first: an inversion.
We may observe that 'owe' and 'succeed' are legal terms, which here form a hysteron-proteron, like some other common phrases.
- logic a fallacious argument in which the proposition to be proved is assumed as a premise
- rhetoric a figure of speech in which the normal order of two sentences, clauses, etc, is reversed, as in bred and born (for born and bred)
Word Origin and History for hysteron proteron
1560s, from Late Latin, from Greek, literally "the latter (put as) the former." A figure of speech in which what should come last is put first, from hysteron, neuter of hysteros "latter, second, after" (from PIE *ud-tero-, from root *ud- "up, out;" see out) + proteron, neuter of proteros "before, former," from PIE *pro-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).