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chiasmus

[ kahy-az-muhs ]

noun

, Rhetoric.
, plural chi·as·mi [kahy-, az, -mahy].
  1. a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”


chiasmus

/ kaɪˈæstɪk; kaɪˈæzməs /

noun

  1. rhetoric reversal of the order of words in the second of two parallel phrases

    he came in triumph and in defeat departs



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Derived Forms

  • chiastic, adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chiasmus1

1870–75; < Greek chiasmós, equivalent to chi chi 1 + -asmos masculine noun suffix, akin to -asma; chiasma

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chiasmus1

C19: from New Latin, from Greek khiasmos crisscross arrangement; see chiasma

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Example Sentences

There is chiasmus here, since privata is contrasted with honoratis and quieta with claris.

For the more complicated forms of chiasmus consult Ngelsbach, Stil.

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