A figure of speech that uses deviation from normal or logical word order for rhetorical effect, as in anastrophe or hysteron proteron.
Origin of hyperbatonGreek huperbaton from neuter of huperbatos transposed from huperbainein to step over huper- over, across ; see hyper- . bainein to step ; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(plural hyperbatons or hyperbata)
- (grammar) An inversion of the usual or logical order of words or phrases, for emphasis or poetic effect.
Latin hyperbaton, from Greek á½‘Ï€ÎµÏÎ²Î±Ï„Î¿Î½ "˜overstepping', from á½‘Ï€ÎµÏÎ²Î±Î¹Î½ÎµÎ¹Î½, from á½‘Ï€ÎµÏ- + Î²Î±Î¯Î½ÎµÎ¹Î½ "˜walk'.