A figure of speech in which what naturally would come last is put first, for example ‘I die! I faint! I fail!’.‘The reverse chronological order of these actions is an example of hysteron proteron, from the Greek for ‘later/first.’’‘Shakespeare is a master in the use of hysteron proteron.’
Mid 16th century late Latin, from Greek husteron proteron ‘the latter (put in place of) the former’.
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