hyperbaton  hyperbaton
 hy-per'-ba-ton from Gk. hyper, "over" and bainein, "to step"
Also sp. hiperbaton
trespasser, transposition
  1. An inversion of normal word order. A generic term for a variety of figures involving transposition (see below), it is sometimes synonymous with anastrophe.
  2. Adding a word or thought to a sentence that is already semantically complete, thus drawing emphasis to the addition.

Example (of #1)

Adriana asks regarding men in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors:
Why should their liberty than ours be more?

Related Figures

See Also

Sources: Ad Herennium 4.32.44 ("transgressio"); Quintilian 8.6.62-67; Bede 614-15; Susenbrotus (1540) 31 ("hyperbaton," "transgressio"); Sherry (1550) 30 ("hyperbaton," "transgressio"); Peacham (1577) F3v; Putt. (1589) 180 (#1—"hiperbaton," "trespasser")

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Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University
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