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hypallage

[ hi-pal-uh-jee, hahy- ]

noun

, Rhetoric.
  1. the reversal of the expected syntactic relation between two words, as in “her beauty's face” for “her face's beauty.”


hypallage

/ haɪˈpæləˌdʒiː /

noun

  1. 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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hypallage1

1580–90; < Latin < Greek hypallagḗ interchange, equivalent to hyp- hyp- + allagḗ change ( all- all- + ag- (stem of ágein to lead; -agogue ) + noun suffix)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hypallage1

C16: via Late Latin from Greek hupallagē interchange, from hypo- + allassein to exchange

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Example Sentences

The epithet is, by hypallage, transferred from the person to the dew or cold sweat which ‘dips’ or moistens his body.

The joining it with 'beach' seems an instance of the figure called Hypallage.

Sterili is transferred by hypallage from litus; siccum serves no purpose beyond providing a balancing epithet.

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