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- An inversion of the relationship between the elements of phrases, e.g. To stop too fearful, and too faint to go -- Goldsmith. Used especially in classical languages, e.g. haec queritur, stupet haec (this woman complains, this one gapes) -- Ovid, Ars Amatoria, 1.124
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
||Chi*as"mus (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr.
chiasmo`s a placing crosswise, fr.
chia`zein. See Chiasm.] (Rhet.) An
inversion of the order of words or phrases, when repeated or
subsequently referred to in a sentence; thus,
If e'er to bless thy sons
My voice or hands deny,
These hands let useful skill forsake,
This voice in silence die.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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