hy·​pal·​la·​ge | \ hī-ˈpa-lə-jē How to pronounce hypallage (audio) , hi- \

Definition of hypallage

: 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")

First Known Use of hypallage

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypallage

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

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“Hypallage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypallage. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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