[ his-tuh-ron prot-uh-ron ]
/ ˈhɪs təˌrɒn ˈprɒt əˌrɒn /
a figure of speech in which the logical order of two elements in discourse is reversed, as in “bred and born” for “born and bred.”
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Origin of hysteron proteron
1555–65; < Late Latin < Greek hýsteron (neuter of hýsteros) latter + próteron (neuter of próteros) former
Words nearby hysteron proteron
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Example sentences from the Web for hysteron proteron
Hysteron-proteron, his′ter-on-prot′er-on, n. a figure of speech in which what should follow comes first: an inversion.
We may observe that 'owe' and 'succeed' are legal terms, which here form a hysteron-proteron, like some other common phrases.
British Dictionary definitions for hysteron proteron
/ (ˈhɪstəˌrɒn ˈprɒtəˌrɒn) /
logic a fallacious argument in which the proposition to be proved is assumed as a premise
rhetoric a figure of speech in which the normal order of two sentences, clauses, etc, is reversed, as in bred and born (for born and bred)
Word Origin for hysteron proteron
C16: from Late Latin, from Greek husteron proteron the latter (placed as) former
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