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hysteron proteron

noun hys·ter·on prot·er·on \ˌhis-tə-ˌrän-ˈprä-tə-ˌrän, -tə-rən-ˈprä-tə-rən, -ˈpr-\

Definition of HYSTERON PROTERON

:  a figure of speech consisting of the reversal of a natural or rational order (as in then came the thunder and the lightning)

Origin of HYSTERON PROTERON

Late Latin, from Greek, literally, (the) later earlier, (the) latter first
First Known Use: 1565

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