hysteron proteron

noun
hys·​ter·​on prot·​er·​on | \ ˌhi-stə-ˌrän-ˈprä-tə-ˌrän How to pronounce hysteron proteron (audio) , -tə-rən-ˈprä-tə-rən, -ˈprȯ- \

Definition of hysteron proteron

: a figure of speech consisting of the reversal of a natural or rational order (as in "then came the thunder and the lightning")

Examples of hysteron proteron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In hysteron proteron the logical order or sequence of objects or events is reversed. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use of hysteron proteron

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hysteron proteron

Late Latin, from Greek, literally, (the) later earlier, (the) latter first

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“Hysteron proteron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysteron%20proteron. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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