Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar, a figure consisting in the substitution of one form, inflection, or part of speech for another. Special names are given to subdivisions of this figure. The substitution of one part of speech for another is antimeria; that of one case for another is antiptosis. Interchange of the functions of two cases is one phrase is a form of
hypallage. Enallage of gender can hardly be illustrated in English. Antiptosis is exemplified in the colloquial “It's me” for “It is I.” Enallage of number is seen in the royal and literary “we” for “I,” and in our modern established “you” for “thou.”
- n. uncountable, rhetoric Transformation from one grammatically correct form to another.
- n. uncountable, rhetoric The substitution of one grammatical form for another that violates a grammatical rule.
- n. rhetoric, countable An application of enallage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gram.) A substitution, as of one part of speech for another, of one gender, number, case, person, tense, mode, or voice, of the same word, for another.
- n. a substitution of part of speech or gender or number or tense etc. (e.g., editorial `we' for `I')
- From Ancient Greek ἐναλλαγή (enallage, "interchange, variation") (Wiktionary)
“Ans. That huper pantos, “for every one,” is here used for huper pantōn, “for all,” by an enallage of the number, is by all acknowledged.”
“[FN#328] Here is the normal enallage of persons, "luh" = to him for "lí" = to me.”
“[FN#615] Here is a third enallage, the King returning to the first person, the oratio directa.”
“[FN#617] Here again is a fourth enallage; the scribe continuing the narrative.”
“Mr. Payne complains of the obscurity of the original owing to abuse of the figure enallage; but I find them explicit enough, referring to some debauched elder after the type of Abu Nowas.”
“[Greek: elpis esti] standing for [Greek: elpizousi], by a frequent enallage.”
“ On the enallage [Greek: sômati] for [Greek: sômasi] see Griffiths.”
“I will further spare four out of the seven figures of less note: emphasis, enallage, and the hysteron proteron you must have; because emphasis graces Irish diction, enallage unbinds it from strict grammatical fetters, and hysteron proteron allows it sometimes to put the cart before the horse.”
“[Footnote 355: This sudden change from the third to the second person, in speaking of Nicostratus, is a characteristic example of Boccaccio's constant abuse of the figure enallage in his dialogues.] [Footnote 356: _i. e._ those eyes.]”
“Second, perhaps this example is not an error at all, but rather a poetic deviation from standard diction in order to enhance the impact of the claim -- a trick known as enallage.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘enallage’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
"Luciferous Logolepsy is a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, deriv...
Words that I used to know.
Looking for tweets for enallage.