Definitions for hysteron proteronˈhɪs təˌrɒn ˈprɒt əˌrɒn
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hys•ter•on prot•er•onˈhɪs 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.”
Origin of hysteron proteron:
1555–65; < LL < Gk hýsteron (neut. of hýsteros) latter +próteron (neut. of próteros) former
reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')
the logical fallacy of using as a true premise a proposition that is yet to be proved
A figure of speech in which a phrase that should come last is put first; hysterology.
An inversion or reversal of the natural order of things.
a figure in which the natural order of sense is reversed; hysterology; as, valet atque vivit, "he is well and lives."
an inversion of logical order, in which the conclusion is put before the premises, or the thing proved before the evidence
The hysteron proteron is a rhetorical device in which the first key word of the idea refers to something that happens temporally later than the second key word. The goal is to call attention to the more important idea by placing it first. The standard example comes from the Aeneid of Virgil: "Moriamur, et in media arma ruamus". An example of hysteron proteron encountered in everyday life is the common reference to putting on one's "shoes and socks,” rather than "socks and shoes."
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