from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The technique of reversal, where accentuated by reversal of words, actions or grammatical structure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure in which the same words or ideas are repeated in transposed order.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure in which the same words or ideas are repeated in inverse order.
The classical rhetorician called that antimetabole, though modern speech writers tend to refer to it as the reversible raincoat.
This anxiety produces an exchange between Edward and his uncle Richard that shows the youngster's verbal dexterity in the rhetorical figure of antimetabole, or the symmetrical repetition of words in inverted order:
How many even know the meaning of anaphora, antimetabole or litotes?
Here, courtesy of Slate, are instances of antimetabole in this election season:
Slate points out that throughout this long presidential campaign season, both parties have taken advantage of the same rhetorical trick: antimetabole, or repeating words in a reverse order.