Rhetoric inversion of the second of two parallel phrases, clauses, etc. (Ex.: she went to Paris; to New York went he)
Origin of chiasmusModern Latin from Classical Greek chiasmos: see chiasma
A rhetorical inversion of the second of two parallel structures, as in “Each throat / Was parched, and glazed each eye” ( Samuel Taylor Coleridge )
Origin of chiasmusNew Latin chīasmus from Greek khīasmos syntactic inversion from khīazein to invert or mark with an X ; see chiasma .
- (rhetoric) An inversion of the relationship between the elements of phrases.
From Latin chiasmus, from Ancient Greek χιασμός (khiasmos), from χιάζω (khiazō, “to mark with a chi”), from χ (chi, “chi”)