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 ch&imacron;asmus, from Greek kh&imacron;asmos, syntactic inversion, from kh&imacron;azein, 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”)