- Rhetoric. the omission of conjunctions, as in “He has provided the poor with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.”
- Library Science. the omission of cross references, especially from a catalog.
Origin of asyndeton
- (of a catalogue or index) without cross references
- (of a linguistic construction) having no conjunction, as in I came, I saw, I conquered
- the omission of a conjunction between the parts of a sentence
- an asyndetic constructionCompare syndeton
Word Origin for asyndeton
"omission of conjunctions," 1580s, from Latin, from Greek asyndeton, neuter of asyndetos "unconnected," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + syndetos, from syndein "to bind together," from syn- "together" + dein "to bind," related to desmos "band," from PIE *de- "to bind."