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hypallage

Line breaks: hyp|al¦lage
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpalədʒiː
 
, hɪ-/

Definition of hypallage in English:

noun

Rhetoric
A transposition of the natural relations of two elements in a proposition, for example in the sentenceMelissa 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.

Origin

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

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