Hyperbaton definition

hī-pûrbə-tŏn
A figure of speech that uses deviation from normal or logical word order for rhetorical effect, as in anastrophe or hysteron proteron.
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(grammar) An inversion of the usual or logical order of words or phrases, for emphasis or poetic effect.
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Noun

Singular:
hyperbaton
Plural:
hyperbata, hyperbatons

Origin of hyperbaton

  • Greek huperbaton from neuter of huperbatos transposed from huperbainein to step over huper- over, across hyper– bainein to step gwā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin hyperbaton, from Greek ὑπερβατον "˜overstepping', from ὑπερβαινειν, from ὑπερ- + βαίνειν "˜walk'.

    From Wiktionary