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 (hĭs′tə-rŏn′ prŏt′ə-rŏn′)
n.
1. A figure of speech in which the natural or rational order of its terms is reversed, as in bred and born instead of born and bred.
2. The logical fallacy of assuming as true and using as a premise a proposition that is yet to be proved.

[Late Latin, from Greek husteron proteron, latter first : husteron, neuter sing. of husteros, latter, later; see ud- in Indo-European roots + proteron, neuter sing. of proteros, former; see per in Indo-European roots.]
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hysteron proteron

(ˈhɪstəˌrɒn ˈprɒtəˌrɒn)
n
1. (Logic) logic a fallacious argument in which the proposition to be proved is assumed as a premise
2. (Rhetoric) rhetoric a figure of speech in which the normal order of two sentences, clauses, etc, is reversed, as in bred and born (for born and bred)
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek husteron proteron the latter (placed as) former]
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hys•ter•on prot•er•on

(ˈhɪs təˌrɒn ˈprɒt əˌrɒn)
n.
a figure of speech in which the logical order of two elements in discourse is reversed, as in “bred and born” for “born and bred.”
[1555–65; < Late Latin < Greek hýsteron (neuter of hýsteros) latter + próteron (neuter of próteros) former]
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hysteron proteron

a figure of speech in which what logically should come last comes flrst, as “bred and bom” and “thunder and lightning.” Also called hysterology.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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hysteron proteron

A rhetorical device in which the natural order of words is inverted.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hysteron proteron - reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
2.hysteron proteron - the logical fallacy of using as a true premise a proposition that is yet to be proved
logical fallacy - a fallacy in logical argumentation
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