Noun Abyme Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abyme

Pronunciation:

/ˌmiːz ɒn əˈbɪːm//ˌmiːz ɒn aˈbɪːm/

Definition:
1.

noun

(A term denoting) self-reflection within the structure of a literary work; a work employing self-reflection.
    ((n.) A abyss.)


    Origin:
    1960s; earliest use found in Yale French Studies. From French mise en abyme from mise + en into + abyme, variant of abîme, after mettre en abyme, in which abyme is used in the specifically heraldic sense of the centre of an escutcheon.

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