Definition of Chiasmus

1. Noun. Inversion in the second of two parallel phrases.

Generic synonyms: Rhetorical Device



Definition of Chiasmus

1. n. An inversion of the order of words or phrases, when repeated or subsequently referred to in a sentence

Definition of Chiasmus

1. Noun. (rhetoric) An inversion of the relationship between the elements of phrases. ¹

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Definition of Chiasmus

1. a reversal of word order between parallel phrases [n -MI] : CHIASTIC [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chiasmus

chiasma
chiasma opticum
chiasma syndrome
chiasma tendinum
chiasmal
chiasmapexy
chiasmas
chiasmata
chiasmatic
chiasmatic cistern
chiasmatic groove
chiasmatic sulcus
chiasmi
chiasmic
chiasms
chiasmus (current term)
chiastic
chiastobasidial
chiastolite
chiaus
chiaused
chiauses
chiausing
chiavennite
chib
chibbed
chibbing
chibi
chibis
chibol

Literary usage of Chiasmus

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1. Studies in Honor of Basil L. Gildersleeve by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1902)
"chiasmus occurs in the Epistles of Cicero, Seneca, Pliny and Pronto in about eight hundred and fifty passages. A more careful search might add further ..."

2. A Second Latin Exercise Book with Hints for Higher Latin Prose Composition by John Barrow Allen (1904)
"... a chiasmus will be created if the order of words in the other Clause be D, C. Cicero is very fond of using this figure, eg 1 A very remarkable instance ..."

3. A Writer of Attic Prose: Models from Xenophon, Exercises and Guide, a by Isaac Flagg (1902)
"Period, Antithesis, chiasmus. — The processes of human thought 30 are marvelously fine, subtle, and intricate. The psychologist may explain them, ..."

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