- a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”
Origin of chiasmus
Examples from the Web for chiasmus
Historical Examples of chiasmus
There is chiasmus here, since privata is contrasted with honoratis and quieta with claris.
For the more complicated forms of chiasmus consult Ngelsbach, Stil.
- rhetoric reversal of the order of words in the second of two parallel phraseshe came in triumph and in defeat departs
Word Origin for chiasmus
in grammar, inversion of word order, 1871, Latinized from Greek khiasmos "a placing crosswise, diagonal arrangement" (see chi).
Adam, first of men,
To first of women, Eve.