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CHIASMUS

CHIASMUS, also chiasm. In RHETORIC, and INVERSION of word order that creates a counterbalancing effect in the second of two linked phrases: ‘One must eat to live, not live to eat’ (Cicero); ‘This man I thought had been a Lord among wits; but, I find, he is only a wit among Lords’ ( Samuel Johnson, of Lord Chesterfield, 1754). See ANTITHESIS.

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chiasmus

chiasmus figure of speech in which the order of parallel words in phrases is inverted. XIX. — modL. — Gr. khiasmós crossing, diagonal arrangement, f. khiázein mark with the letter X (khī).

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