plural hyperbatons
or hyperbata
: a transposition or inversion of idiomatic word order (as "echoed the hills" for "the hills echoed")

Word History


Latin, from Greek, from neuter of hyperbatos transposed, inverted, from hyperbainein to step over, scale, from hyper- + bainein to step, walk

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“Hyperbaton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperbaton. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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