noun, plural chi·as·mi [kahy-az-mahy] /kaɪˈæz maɪ/. Rhetoric.
Origin of chiasmus
Examples from the Web for chiasmus
For the more complicated forms of chiasmus consult Ngelsbach, Stil.
There is chiasmus here, since privata is contrasted with honoratis and quieta with claris.
noun plural -mi (-maɪ)
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.