hy·​pal·​la·​ge hī-ˈpa-lə-jē How to pronounce hypallage (audio)
: an interchange of two elements in a phrase or sentence from a more logical to a less logical relationship (as in "a mind is a terrible thing to waste" for "to waste a mind is a terrible thing")

Word History


Latin, from Greek hypallagē, literally, interchange, from hypallassein to interchange, from hypo- + allassein to change, from allos other — more at else

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypallage was in 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Hypallage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypallage. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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