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")

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 13 Jun. 2021.

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