hypallage

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noun hy·pal·la·ge \hī-ˈpa-lə-jē, hi-\

Definition of hypallage

  1. :  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”)

Origin and Etymology of hypallage

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

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