Share this entry
hyperbaton Syllabification: hy·per·ba·ton
Pronunciation: /hīˈpərbəˌtän/

Definition of hyperbaton in English:


An inversion of the normal order of words, especially for the sake of emphasis, as in the sentence “this I must see.”.
Example sentences
  • A couple of hyperbatons here and there can help create more suspense.
  • The use of the poetic device hyperbaton, or inverted word order, is a form of repetition that sets the mood for the rest of the section.
  • Likewise, Lucan uses hyperbaton to suggest Erictho's agitation, as she threatens to reveal Persephone's darkest secrets.


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek huperbaton 'overstepping' (from huper 'over, above' + bainein 'go, walk').

Definition of hyperbaton in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources