Figure Name antisthecon
Source Mosellanus ("antithesis" "antistoechon") a4r; Susenbrotus (1540) 23 ("antithesis," "antistoechon"); Sherry (1550) 28 ("antisthecon," "littera pro littera"); Peacham (1577) E3r; Silva Rhetoricae (; JG Smith (1665) ("Antistoechon")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms antistoechon, antistoecon, littera pro littera
Etymology from Gk. anti- “against” and stoicheon “letter order”
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Orthographic

1. Substitution of one sound, syllable, or letter for another within a word. A kind of metaplasm. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Antistoechon, a change of letters: a figure whereby one letter is put for another. (JG Smith)


1. The following pun is accomplished only through antisthecon, substituting "o" for "a" in the word "reward": "A pun is its own reword" (Silva Rhetoricae)

Kind Of Similarity
Part Of metaplasm
Related Figures metaplasm, figures of substitution
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
Reviewed Yes
Reviewer Ashley Rose Kelly