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adjective Rhetoric.
  1. characterized by chiasmus.
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Origin of chiastic

1865–70; < Greek chiast(ós) diagonally arranged (see chiasma) + -ic
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Examples from the Web for chiastic

Historical Examples

  • An instance of the so-called "chiastic" construction of which S. was fond.

    Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare

Word Origin and History for chiastic


1856, from Latinized fdorm of Greek khiastos "arranged diagonally; marked with an X" (i.e., resembling the Greek letter chi) + -ic.

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