hysteron proteron

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hysteron proteron the logical fallacy of using as a true premise a proposition that is yet to be proved
    • n hysteron proteron reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hysteron proteron (Rhet) A figure in which the natural order of sense is reversed; hysterology; as, valet atque vivit, “he is well and lives.”
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. "y`steros the latter, following + pro`teros before, others, sooner

Usage

In literature:

But here is unfortunately a small hysteron-proteron.
"Biographia Literaria" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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