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An inversion of the normal order of words, especially for the sake of emphasis, as in the sentence “this I must see.”
- ‘The prose of Marías wraps long sentences and hyperbatons in a more torrid embrace than ever in his reiterations.’
- ‘A couple of hyperbatons here and there can help create more suspense.’
- ‘Likewise, Lucan uses hyperbaton to suggest Erictho's agitation, as she threatens to reveal Persephone's darkest secrets.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That's an original idea, toss out SVO syntax and let the hyperbatons roll!’
Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek huperbaton ‘overstepping’ (from huper ‘over, above’ + bainein ‘go, walk’).
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.