American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rhetorical inversion of the second of two parallel structures, as in "Each throat/Was parched, and glazed each eye” ( Samuel Taylor Coleridge).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, the arrangement of repeated, parallel, or contrasted words or phrases in two pairs, the second of which reverses the order of the first: as, do not live to eat, but eat to live; or as in the following quotation
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rhet.) An inversion of the order of words or phrases, when repeated or subsequently referred to in a sentence.
- n. inversion in the second of two parallel phrases
- From Latin chiasmus, from Ancient Greek χιασμός, from χιάζω ("to mark with a chi"), from χ (chi, "chi") (Wiktionary)
- New Latin chīasmus, from Greek khīasmos, syntactic inversion, from khīazein, to invert or mark with an X; see chiasma. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“But they slipped the code-word "chiasmus" into their conversation so that I could identify them.”
“In many pages of protracted rumination, Corngold intermixed his own insights with already enigmatic passages from Kafka, thus producing (often specious) effects of "chiasmus" yielding a "boundless field of incessant metaphorical exchange" (p. 121), a "free play between given metaphors which accommodates new metaphors at the same time that it robs each of determinate meaning" (p. 123), and "a movement of thought that spirals on through endless reversals" (p. 153).”
“According to Virginia Tenzer, the fact that only one taper at Urbino is lit suggests that this virtue is enacted in the present, at the chiasmus of the past and future, and "that prudence is a habit of mind exercised by Federico" (Iconography, 198).”
“Chesterton ' s love of chiasmus — the ABBA pattern in which repetition involves reversal.”
“But while chiasmus and ellipsis were familiar, many of his terms were new to me.”
“Allegorizing poetic presence, Coleridge not only suggests that sound, like light, is a powerline through the air; he's also working with the chiasmus of sound as a phonological paradigm.”
“Not as a call to battle, though embattled we are, that would be both chiasmus and plyptoton.”
“Which nations are better versed in Cohen's vision of human relations, in bible-like chiasmus: "when it all comes down to dust, I will kill you if I must, I will help you if I can; when it all comes down to dust, I will help you if I must, I will kill you if I can.”
“The use of chiasmus (the inversion of elements in two parallel phrases) underscores the standing of the women: Hannah is the primary wife, yet Peninnah has succeeded in bearing children.”
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A collection of words found in English that are either purely Greek or have Greek etymology.
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words looked up recently from reading Guy Davenport
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A collection of chiasmuses - wow, what's the plural of chiasmus? Well, enjoy them all... Also, going to throw in other forms of rhetoric with a similiar word patterns - like anadiplosis!
Words that make me happy in my pants AND have a place in the dictionary.
Words that I like.
Many may be lexicographically impotent due to a lack of citations and definition. Hopefully I'll be able to rectify this eventually.
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