hysteron proteron

noun hys·ter·on prot·er·on \ˌhi-stə-ˌrän-ˈprä-tə-ˌrän, -tə-rən-ˈprä-tə-rən, -ˈprȯ-\

Definition of hysteron proteron

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

Origin and Etymology of hysteron proteron

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

First Known Use: 1565

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