L. chiasmus from Gr. Ï‡Î¹Î±ÏƒÎ¼ÏŒÏ‚, from Ï‡Î¹Î¬Î¶ÎµÎ¹Î½ (to mark with a chi), from chi, written Ï‡.
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chiasmus (plural: chiasmi)
- An inversion of the relationship between the elements of phrases, e.g. To stop too fearful, and too faint to go -- Goldsmith. Used especially in classical languages, e.g. haec queritur, stupet haec (this woman complains, this one gapes) -- Ovid, Ars Amatoria, 1.124