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.”.
- 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:
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