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enallage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enallage a substitution of part of speech or gender or number or tense etc. (e.g., editorial `we' for `I')
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Enallage (Gram) A substitution, as of one part of speech for another, of one gender, number, case, person, tense, mode, or voice, of the same word, for another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enallage In grammar, a figure consisting in the substitution of one form, inflection, or part of speech for another. Special names are given to subdivisions of this figure. The substitution of one part of speech for another is antimeria; that of one case for another is antiptosis. Interchange of the functions of two cases is one phrase is a form of hypallage. Enallage of gender can hardly be illustrated in English. Antiptosis is exemplified in the colloquial “It's me” for “It is I.” Enallage of number is seen in the royal and literary “we” for “I,” and in our modern established “you” for “thou.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enallage en-al′a-jē (gram.) the exchange of one case, mood, or tense for another.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. an exchange, fr. to exchange; in + to change
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—en, and allassein, to change.