Definition of Hyperbaton

1. Noun. Reversal of normal word order (as in 'cheese I love').

Generic synonyms: Rhetorical Device

Definition of Hyperbaton

1. n. A figurative construction, changing or inverting the natural order of words or clauses; as, "echoed the hills" for "the hills echoed."

Definition of Hyperbaton

1. Noun. (context: grammar rhetoric) An inversion of the usual or logical order of words or phrases, for emphasis or poetic effect. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hyperbaton

hyperbaric anaesthesia
hyperbaric chamber
hyperbaric medicine
hyperbaric oxygen
hyperbaric oxygen chamber
hyperbaric oxygen therapy
hyperbaric oxygenation
hyperbaric spinal anaesthesia
hyperbasic aminoaciduria
hyperbaton (current term)
hyperbilirubinemia of the newborn

Literary usage of Hyperbaton

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1. The Politics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1902)
"hyperbaton is much used in the Politics—more, I think, ... 2, § 607. i) is as follows—' In hyperbaton two words forming together a unity are severed ..."

2. A Grammar of the New Testament Greek by Alexander Buttmann (1891)
"Here, however, as in the case of anacoluthon, we will pass in review only such instances of hyperbaton as are often repeated or possess a certain ..."

3. Poetry as a Representative Art: An Essay in Comparative Aesthetics by George Lansing Raymond (1899)
"... the Source of these Faults—Insertion of Words, Pleonasm, Superfluity; Transposition of Words, Inversion, hyperbaton, tending to Obscurity—Style of the ..."

4. A Grammar of the Greek Language by William Edward Jelf (1866)
"So in Lat., as Cic. de Orat. II. 46, 193 sed alia sunt majora multo. Obs. i. The old grammatical term for this is hyperbaton, Latin, ..."

5. The Elements of Rhetoric by James De Mille (1882)
"Hysteron proteron is similar to hyperbaton, but is more limited in its scope, being confined to a few words, where the order of thought is reversed, ..."

6. Elements of English Composition, Grammatical, Rhetorical, Logical, and by James Robert Boyd (1874)
"hyperbaton, or Transposition, is an arrangement of words for rhetorical effect, ... It is then both hyperbaton and pleonasm. A transposition is called ..."

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