Definition of hypallage in English:

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Pronunciation: /hīˈpaləjē/ Pronunciation: /hi-/


A transposition of the natural relations of two elements in a proposition, for example in the sentence “Melissa shook her doubtful curls.”.
Example sentences
  • Hyphens and adverbs partake of this concatenation of the style that ends up creating hypallages.
  • Just as in Debussy's Preludes, these epigraphs are also metaphors, hypallages and paradigms that can be interpreted ad libitum.
  • It is easier to give examples than to explain hypallage.


Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek hupallagē, from hupo 'under' + allassein 'to exchange'.

Words that rhyme with hypallage

allergy, analogy, genealogy, metallurgy, mineralogy, tetralogy

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Syllabification: hy·pal·la·ge

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