Figure Name antimereia
Source Bullinger (1898) ("antimereia: or, exchange of parts of speech")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms exchange of parts of speech
Etymology from Gr. anti "over against" or "instead of" and mereia "a part"
Type None
Linguistic Domain

1. The Exchange of one part of Speech for another... It means that one "part of speech" is used instead of another:-as a noun for a verb or a verb for a noun, etc.
The following are the several kinds of Antimereia:-
ANTIMEREIA. Exchange of Parts of Speech.
I. Of the VERB.
1. Infinitive for Noun.
2. Participle (active) for Noun.
3. Participle (passive) for Adjective.
II. Of the ADVERB.
1. Adverb for Noun.
2. Adverb for Adjective.
1. Adjective for Adverb.
2. Adjective for Noun.
IV. Of the NOUN.
1. Noun for Verb.
2. Noun for Adverb.
3. Noun for Adjective.
4. Noun (repeated) for Adjective (Epizeuxis).
5. Noun ("in regimen") for Adjective.
6. Noun (governing) for Adjective (Hypallage).
7. The former of two (both "in regimen") for Adjective.
8. The latter of two (both "in regimen") for Adjective.
9. One of two in same case for Adjective (Hendiadys).
10. Noun ("in regimen") for Superlative Adjective.
HYPALLAGE. Interchange. The Antimereia of the governing Noun. (Bullinger, 496-497)


1. [ex. from I. 1.] Gen. 32:24 (25). -Heb.: "Until the go-up of the dawn": i.e., until the rise or break of dawn. (Bullinger, 497)

1. [ex. from I. 2.] Gen. 23:16. -"Current money of purchasing": i.e., "silver (or money) which passes with the merchant."

1. [ex. from I. 3.] 2 Kings 18:21. -"The staff of this bruised reed": i.e., this broken reed. (Bullinger, 499)

1. [ex. from II. 1.] Luke 10:29. -"And who is near to me": i.e., my neighbour. The meaning is seen from Matt. 22:39; and Rom. 13:10. (Bullinger, 500)

1. [ex. from II. 2.] Gen. 30:33. -"So shall my righteousness answer for me to-morrow": i.e., some future day. (Bullinger, 500)

1. [ex. from III. 1.] Acts. 16:37. -"They have beaten us in public": i.e., publicly. (Bullinger, 501)

1. [ex. from III. 2.] Gen. 1:9, 10. -"Let the dry appear": i.e., the land. So Ps. 95:5; and, in the Greek, Matt. 23:15. (Bullinger, 501)

1. [ex. from IV. 1.] Judges 16:23. -"Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their God, and to rejoice," Lit., for a great rejoicing. (Bullinger, 502)

1. [ex. from IV. 2.] Isa. 21:7. -"And he hearkened diligently with much heed": i.e., most attentively. (Bullinger, 502)

1. [ex. from IV. 3.] 1 Cor. 14:12. -"So also ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spirits." Here, the noun is used instead of an adjective. (Bullinger, 503)

1. [ex. from IV. 4.] Isa. 26:3. -"Thou wilt keep him in peace, peace": i.e., perfect peace. (Bullinger, 503)

1. [ex. from IV. 5.] Ex. 34:7. -"The iniquity of the fathers": i.e., when the iniquity wrought by the children is the same in character, it will he punished in the same way. (Bullinger, 504)

1. [ex. from IV. 7.] Gen. 17:5. -"A father of a multitude of nations": i.e., of many nations... with the emphasis on "many," as is explained in Rom. 4:17. (Bullinger, 511)

1. [ex. from IV. 8.] Gen. 9:5. -"At the hand of a man of his brother": i.e., at the hand of his fellow or brother man. There is no "every" expressed in the Hebrew. (Bullinger, 512)

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Last Editor Ioanna Malton
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