[ kahy-az-muhs ]
/ kaɪˈæz məs /
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noun, plural chi·as·mi [kahy-az-mahy]. /kaɪˈæz maɪ/. Rhetoric.
a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”
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Example sentences from the Web for 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.
British Dictionary definitions for chiasmus
/ (kaɪˈæzməs) /
noun plural -mi (-maɪ)
rhetoric reversal of the order of words in the second of two parallel phraseshe came in triumph and in defeat departs
Derived forms of chiasmuschiastic (kaɪˈæstɪk), adjective
Word Origin for chiasmus
C19: from New Latin, from Greek khiasmos crisscross arrangement; see chiasma
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