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[kahy-az-muh s] /kaɪˈæz məs/

noun, plural chiasmi
[kahy-az-mahy] /kaɪˈæz maɪ/ (Show IPA). Rhetoric.
a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”.
noun (pl) -mi (-maɪ)
(rhetoric) reversal of the order of words in the second of two parallel phrases: he came in triumph and in defeat departs

in grammar, inversion of word order, 1871, Latinized from Greek khiasmos “a placing crosswise, diagonal arrangement” (see chi).

Adam, first of men,
To first of women, Eve.
[“Paradise Lost”]


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