chiasmi

chiasmus

[kahy-az-muhs]
noun, plural chiasmi [kahy-az-mahy] . Rhetoric.
a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”

Origin:
1870–75; < Greek chiasmós, equivalent to chi chi1 + -asmos masculine noun suffix, akin to -asma; see chiasma

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chiasmus (kaɪˈæzməs)
 
n , pl -mi
rhetoric reversal of the order of words in the second of two parallel phrases: he came in triumph and in defeat departs
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek khiasmos crisscross arrangement; see chiasma]
 
chiastic
 
adj

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chiasmus
1871, Mod.L., from Gk. khiasmos "crossing, diagonal arrangement," from khiazein "to mark with an 'X'," from chi.
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