chiastic

[kahy-as-tik]
adjective Rhetoric.
characterized by chiasmus.

Origin:
1865–70; < Greek chiast(ós) diagonally arranged (see chiasma) + -ic

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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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chiastic
from Gk. khiastos, from khiasti "crosswise" (see chi).
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A major chiastic structure runs through practically all of this book.
For more detailed information see the article on chiastic structure.
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