- the reversal of the expected syntactic relation between two words, as in “her beauty's face” for “her face's beauty.”
Origin of hypallage
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Examples from the Web for hypallage
Sterili is transferred by hypallage from litus; siccum serves no purpose beyond providing a balancing epithet.
The epithet is, by hypallage, transferred from the person to the dew or cold sweat which ‘dips’ or moistens his body.Milton's Comus
- rhetoric a figure of speech in which the natural relations of two words in a statement are interchanged, as in the fire spread the wind
C16: via Late Latin from Greek hupallagē interchange, from hypo- + allassein to exchange