follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

hysteron proteron

[his-tuh-ron prot-uh-ron] /ˈhɪs təˌrɒn ˈprɒt əˌrɒn/
noun, Rhetoric
1.
a figure of speech in which the logical order of two elements in discourse is reversed, as in “bred and born” for “born and bred.”.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin < Greek hýsteron (neuter of hýsteros) latter + próteron (neuter of próteros) former
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for hysteron-proteron

hysteron proteron

/ˈhɪstəˌrɒn ˈprɒtəˌrɒn/
noun
1.
(logic) a fallacious argument in which the proposition to be proved is assumed as a premise
2.
(rhetoric) a figure of speech in which the normal order of two sentences, clauses, etc, is reversed, as in bred and born (for born and bred)
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin, from Greek husteron proteron the latter (placed as) former
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hysteron-proteron
hysteron proteron
1565, from L.L., from Gk., lit. "the latter (put as) the former." A figure of speech in which what should come last is put first, from hysteron, neut. of hysteros "latter, second, after" (from PIE *ud-tero-, from base *ud- "up, out;" see out) + proteron, neut. of proteros "former."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for hysteron proteron

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hysteron

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends