Figure Name metaplasm
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Mosellanus a3r-a4r; Peacham (1577) E1v ; JG Smith (1665) ("metaplasmus")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms metaplasmus
Etymology from Gk. metaplasso “to mold differently, remodel”
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Orthographic

1. A general term for orthographical figures (changes to the spelling of words). This includes alteration of the letters or syllables in single words, including additions, omissions, inversions, and substitutions.

Such changes are considered conscious choices made by the artist or orator for the sake of eloquence or meter, in contrast to the same kinds of changes done accidentally and discussed by grammarians as vices (see barbarism). (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Transformation, or a changing from one shape to another: a figure when by reason of the verse, &c. something is necessarily changed, &c.; (Note in marg: See it further in pag. 5.) METAPLASMVS, Transformation, It is a Figure when by reason of the verse, &c. something is necessarily changed redundant, or defficient. (JG Smith)


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Related Figures diastole, epenthesis, paragoge, prothesis, diaeresis, aphaeresis, apocope, ellipsis, ecthlipsis, synaloepha, synaeresis, syncope, systole, metathesis, antisthecon
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Last Editor Nike Abbott
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