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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The repetition of the same word in a sentence with a different meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An antithesis in which the members are repeated in inverse order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rhetorical figure resulting from a reverted arrangement in the last clause of a sentence of the two principal words of the clause preceding; inversion of the members of an antithesis: as, “A poem is a speaking picture; a picture a mute poem,”


Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)


  • I am not of Paracelsus's mind, that boldly delivers a receipt to make a man without conjunction; yet cannot but wonder at the multitude of heads that do deny traduction, having no other arguments to confirm their belief than that rhetorical sentence and antimetathesis [I. 51] of Augustine, "creando infunditur, infundendo creatur."

    Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend


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  • Antimetathesis

    An`ti*me*tath"e*sis\, n. NL., fr. Gr. ?. (Rhet.) An antithesis in which the members are repeated in inverse order.
    Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,

    July 10, 2009