hyperbaton

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin hyperbaton, itself a borrowing from Ancient Greek ὑπερβατόν (huperbatón, overstepping), from ὑπερβαίνω (huperbaínō), from ὑπέρ (hupér) + βαίνω (baínō, walk).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /haɪˈpɜːbətɒn/

Noun[edit]

hyperbaton (plural hyperbatons or hyperbata)

  1. (grammar) An inversion of the usual or logical order of words or phrases, for emphasis or poetic effect.
  2. (rhetoric) Adding a word or thought to a sentence that is already semantically complete, thus drawing emphasis to the addition.
Examples (rhetoric)

He seems to have handled the situation poorly, to say nothing of his failure to anticipate the inevitable.

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