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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypallagenoun

    reversal of the syntactic relation of two words (as in `her beauty's face')


  1. hypallagenoun

    A construction in which a modifier with meaning associated with one word appears grammatically applied to another, often used as literary device.

  2. Etymology: From hypallage, from ὑπαλλαγή, from ὑπό + ἀλλάσσειν.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hypallagenoun

    A figure by which words change their cases with each other.

    Etymology: ὑϖαλλαγὴ.


  1. Hypallage

    Hypallage (; from the Greek: ὑπαλλαγή, hypallagḗ, "interchange, exchange") is a figure of speech in which the syntactic relationship between two terms is interchanged, or – more frequently – a modifier is syntactically linked to an item other than the one that it modifies semantically. The latter type of hypallage, typically resulting in the implied personification of an inanimate or abstract noun, is also called a transferred epithet.


  1. hypallage

    Hypallage is a rhetorical device or figure of speech in which the position of a noun and its modifier (adjective, adverb, etc.) in a sentence is switched or reordered. This may alter the conventional or logical associations between the words in a way that draws attention, creates emphasis, or evokes a specific mood or tone. It is often used in literature, poetry, and speechmaking for stylistic effect or to create unique expressions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypallagenoun

    a figure consisting of a transference of attributes from their proper subjects to other. Thus Virgil says, "dare classibus austros," to give the winds to the fleets, instead of dare classibus austris, to give the fleets to the winds

  2. Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. , prop., interchange, exchange, fr, to interchange; under + to change.]


  1. Hypallage

    Hypallage is a literary device that is the reversal of the syntactic relation of two words. One kind of hypallage, also known as a transferred epithet, is the trope or rhetorical device in which a modifier, usually an adjective, is applied to the "wrong" word in the sentence. The word whose modifier is thus displaced can either be actually present in the sentence, or it can be implied logically. The effect often stresses the emotions or feelings of the individual by expanding them on to the environment. For example: ⁕"On the idle hill of summer/Sleepy with the flow of streams/Far I hear..." — idle hill... sleepy is a hypallage: it is the narrator, not the hill, who exhibits these features. ⁕"Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time" — Wilfred Owen, "Dulce et Decorum est" ⁕"restless night" — The night was not restless, but the person who was awake through it was. ⁕"happy morning" — Mornings have no feelings, but the people who are awake through them do. Hypallage is often used strikingly in Ancient Greek and Latin poetry. We find such examples of transferred epithets as "the winged sound of whirling", meaning "the sound of whirling wings", and Horace's "angry crowns of kings". Virgil was given to hypallage beyond the transferred epithet, as "give the winds to the fleets", meaning "give the fleets to the winds."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hypallage

    hi-pal′a-jē, n. (rhet.) a figure in which the relations of things in a sentence are mutually interchanged, but without obscuring the sense. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. hypallassein, to interchange—hypo, under, alassein, to change.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypallage in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypallage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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