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chiasmus


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chiasmus  \Chi*as"mus\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?  a  placing  crosswise, 
  fr  ?.  See  {Chiasm}.]  (Rhet.) 
  An  inversion  of  the  order  of  words  or  phrases,  when  repeated 
  or  subsequently  referred  to  in  a  sentence;  thus 
 
  If  e'er  to  bless  thy  sons  My  voice  or  hands  deny,  These 
  hands  let  useful  skill  forsake,  This  voice  in  silence 
  die.  --Dwight. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chiasmus 
  n  :  inversion  in  the  second  of  two  parallel  phrases 




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