Definition of hyperbaton in English:


Line breaks: hyper|ba¦ton
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpəːbətɒn


An inversion of the normal order of words, especially for the sake of emphasis, as in the sentencethis I must see’.
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  • 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').

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