Definition of hypallage in English:


Syllabification: hy·pal·la·ge
Pronunciation: /hīˈpaləjē, hi-


  • A transposition of the natural relations of two elements in a proposition, for example in the sentence “Melissa shook her doubtful curls.”.
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    • 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'.

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