- the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, especially to modify two or more words of which at least one does not agree in number, case, or gender, as the use of are in Neither he nor we are willing.
Origin of syllepsis
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For Ovid's use of syllepsis, see at vi 16 spem nostram terras deseruitque simul (p 234).
The upmating of the persons, called in Greek syllepsis, touches the use of the personal pronouns.An Outline of English Speech-craft
- (in grammar or rhetoric) the use of a single sentence construction in which a verb, adjective, etc is made to cover two syntactical functions, as the verb form have in she and they have promised to come
- another word for zeugma
C16: from Late Latin, from Greek sullēpsis, from sul- syn- + lēpsis a taking, from lambanein to take
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