chiasmus

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)

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Origin and Etymology of chiasmus

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

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