chiasmus

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noun chi·as·mus \kī-ˈaz-məs, kē-\

Definition of chiasmus

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

Origin and Etymology of chiasmus

New Latin, from Greek chiasmos, from chiazein to mark with a chi

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