Chi*as"mus (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a placing crosswise, fr. . See Chiasm.] Rhet.

An inversion of the order of words or phrases, when repeated or subsequently referred to in a sentence

; thus,

If e'er to bless thy sons My voice or hands deny, These hands let useful skill forsake, This voice in silence die. Dwight.


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