Definitions for hysteron proteronˈhɪs təˌrɒn ˈprɒt əˌrɒn

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  1. hysteron proteron(noun)

    reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')

  2. hysteron proteron(noun)

    the logical fallacy of using as a true premise a proposition that is yet to be proved

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  1. hysteron proteron(Noun)

    A figure of speech in which a phrase that should come last is put first; hysterology.

  2. hysteron proteron(Noun)

    An inversion or reversal of the natural order of things.

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  1. Hysteron proteron

    a figure in which the natural order of sense is reversed; hysterology; as, valet atque vivit, "he is well and lives."

  2. Hysteron proteron

    an inversion of logical order, in which the conclusion is put before the premises, or the thing proved before the evidence

  3. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. "y`steros the latter, following + pro`teros before, others, sooner.]

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  1. Hysteron proteron

    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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