from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A figure of speech in which the natural or rational order of its terms is reversed, as in bred and born instead of born and bred.
- n. The logical fallacy of assuming as true and using as a premise a proposition that is yet to be proved.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A figure of speech in which a phrase that should come last is put first; hysterology.
- n. An inversion or reversal of the natural order of things.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A figure in which the natural order of sense is reversed; hysterology.”
- An inversion of logical order, in which the conclusion is put before the premises, or the thing proved before the evidence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure by which what should come last in order of time or of logical sequence is introduced first, and vice versa; a transposition of words involving an inversion of the natural and logical order of events or subjects.
- n. In logic, the fallacy which consists in offering as a proof of what is really an axiom some theorem which can be proved only by means of that axiom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the logical fallacy of using as a true premise a proposition that is yet to be proved
- n. reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')
The death of Isaac is not related in its proper order, as will soon appear from the connection of the history: but, as we have elsewhere seen, the figure hysteron proteron was familiar to Moses.
It is by a harmless hysteron proteron that the twelve are now and then described by Luke as “the apostles.”