anastrophe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n anastrophe the reversal of the normal order of words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anastrophe (Rhet. & Gram) An inversion of the natural order of words; as, echoed the hills, for, the hills echoed .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anastrophe In rhetoric and grammar, an inversion of the usual order of words: as, “echoed the hills” for “the hills echoed.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anastrophe an-as′tro-fi an inversion of the natural order of words, as 'Loud roared the thunder,' for 'The thunder roared,' &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to turn up or back; + to turn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; ana, back, and streph-ein, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

Anastrophe occurs chiefly with dissyllabic prepositions.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
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In science:

And, this is a ramification of anastrophic supramolecular organization, with its far-from-equilibrium conditions.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
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