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[hahy-pur-buh-ton] /haɪˈpɜr bəˌtɒn/
noun, plural hyperbatons, hyperbata
[hahy-pur-buh-tuh] /haɪˈpɜr bə tə/ (Show IPA).
the use, especially for emphasis, of a word order other than the expected or usual one, as in “Bird thou never wert.”.
1570-80; < Latin < Greek: transposition, literally, overstepping, derivative of neuter of hyperbatós, equivalent to hyper- hyper- + ba- (stem of baínein to walk, step) + -tos verbal adjective suffix; cf. basis
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[hahy-per-bat-ik] /ˌhaɪ pərˈbæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
hyperbatically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperbaton


(rhetoric) a figure of speech in which the normal order of words is reversed, as in cheese I love
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek, literally: an overstepping, from hyper- + bainein to step
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Word Origin and History for hyperbaton

1570s, "figure of speech in which the natural order of words or phrases is inverted, especially for the sake of emphasis," from Greek hyperbaton, literally "overstepping," from hyper "over" + bainein "to step" (see come).

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Encyclopedia Article for hyperbaton

a transposition or inversion of usual word order. The device is often used in poetry, as in line 13 from Canto II of Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock (1712-14): "Bright as the sun, her eyes the gazers strike."

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