Hysteron-proteron meaning

hĭs'tə-rŏn' prŏt'ə-rŏn'
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.
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The logical fallacy of assuming as true and using as a premise a proposition that is yet to be proved.
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A figure of speech in which the logical order of ideas is reversed (Ex.: “I die, I faint, I fail”)
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(rhetoric) A figure of speech in which a phrase that should come last is put first; hysterology.

"He is well and lives" is a hysteron proteron.

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An inversion or reversal of the natural order of things.
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Origin of hysteron-proteron

  • Late Latin from Greek husteron proteron latter first husteron neuter sing. of husteros latter, later ud- in Indo-European roots proteron neuter sing. of proteros former per1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Ancient Greek
    From Wiktionary