Chiasmus Definition | Writing

Chiasmus is a rhetorical device in which two phrases are inversely repeated, or a pair of words is repeated in inverted order.

For example:

  • I‘m so impressive, sometimes I impress even myself – unknown
  • “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy (He was a fan of chiasmus)