noun chi·as·mus \kī-ˈaz-məs, kē-\

Definition of CHIASMUS

:  an inverted relationship between the syntactic elements of parallel phrases (as in Goldsmith's to stop too fearful, and too faint to go)

Origin of CHIASMUS

New Latin, from Greek chiasmos, from chiazein to mark with a chi
First Known Use: 1871

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile


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