hysteron proteronhys·ter·on prot·er·on
a figure of speech in which the logical order of ideas is reversed (Ex.: “I die, I faint, I fail”)
Origin of hysteron proteronLate Latin from Classical Greek hysteron, neuter of hysteros, latter + proteron, neuter of proteros, earlier
- 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.
- The logical fallacy of assuming as true and using as a premise a proposition that is yet to be proved.
Origin of hysteron proteronLate Latin from Greek husteron proteron latter first husteron neuter sing. of husteros latter, later ; see ud- in Indo-European roots. proteron neuter sing. of proteros former ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural hysteron proterons)
From Ancient Greek