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chi·as·mus

 (kī-ăz′məs)
n. pl. chi·as·mi (-mī′)
A rhetorical inversion of the second of two parallel structures, as in "Each throat / Was parched, and glazed each eye" (Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

[New Latin chīasmus, from Greek khīasmos, syntactic inversion, from khīazein, to invert or mark with an X; see chiasma.]
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chiasmus

(kaɪˈæzməs)
n, pl -mi (-maɪ)
(Rhetoric) rhetoric reversal of the order of words in the second of two parallel phrases: he came in triumph and in defeat departs.
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek khiasmos crisscross arrangement; see chiasma]
chiastic adj
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chi•as•mus

(kaɪˈæz məs)

n., pl. -mi (-mī).
a reversal in the order of words in two parallel phrases, as in “He went in, out went she.”
[1870–75; < Greek chiasmós; see chiasma]
chi•as′tic (-ˈæs tɪk) adj.
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chiasmus

a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as “flowers are lovely, love is flowerlike” (Coleridge). — chiastic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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chiasmus

The reversal in a second parallel phrase of the order of words in an initial phrase.
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Noun1.chiasmus - inversion in the second of two parallel phrases
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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As Michel Cuypers among others has capably shown, chiasmus is a common device in the Qur'an where chiasmi rhetorically model the cosmic balance that God describes.
Del cantautore romano, che al di la della critica ha sempre dimostrato, voglio sottolineare, una capacita stilistica e retorica che molti poeti oggi nemmeno si sognano (i suoi testi sono una fonte inesauribile di figure retoriche della tradizione--allitterazioni, chiasmi, sinestesie etc.), Ciabattoni rivela una vastissima rete di relazioni col mondo della letteratura, da Pessoa a Fortini, da Gozzano alla Morante per arrivare a Pasolini, con il quale Baglioni sembra aver instaurato un lungo e duraturo rapporto.
Chiasmi (the formal plural form) show up in some of the most clever, thought-provoking, and memorable pronouncements in history:
But such chiasmi appear to be a perfunctory, knee-jerk writing habit rather than an indication of deep intellectual thought.
(15) Limitandome solo a lo disponible en ingles, italiano y castellano, cabe destacar los estudios sobre la relevancia de Merleau-Ponty para la ecologia y la ontologia, que arranca con numeros 2 y 8 de Chiasmi Internacional, la Analecta Husserliana del 2007, articulos en Logos, autoria de Alicia Pochelu (1992, 1993, 1998), otras contribuciones debidas a Mauro Carbone (2000), Maria del Carmen Lopez (2006), Renault Barbaras (2001, 2004), Buchanan (2008), las contribuciones en Johnson y Smith (1990), Evans y Lawlor (2000), Cataldi y Hamrick (2007), entre otros.