enallage enallage
 e-nal'-la-ge Gk. “change”
Also sp. allage
figure of exchange

The substitution of grammatically different but semantically equivalent constructions.
Note: Erasmus delineated numerous specific methods of enallage as ways of varying expression by substituting equivalent expressions in order to build copia.
  "I consumed the triple-decker pizza" (active verb)
through enallage of mood is transformed to:
"The triple-decker pizza was consumed by me" (passive verb).
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See Also

  Sources: Quintilian 8.6.28 (but unnamed); Peacham (1577) H3v-H4r; Putt. (1589) 182 ("enallage," "figure of exchange")

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