[uh-sin-di-ton, -tuh n]
  1. Rhetoric. the omission of conjunctions, as in “He has provided the poor with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.”
  2. Library Science. the omission of cross references, especially from a catalog.

Origin of asyndeton

1580–90; < Latin < Greek, noun use of neuter of asýndetos not linked (a- a-6 + syndé(ein) to link + -tos verbid suffix)
Related formsas·yn·det·ic [as-in-det-ik] /ˈæs ɪnˈdɛt ɪk/, adjectiveas·yn·det·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for asyndetic


  1. (of a catalogue or index) without cross references
  2. (of a linguistic construction) having no conjunction, as in I came, I saw, I conquered
Derived Formsasyndetically, adverb


noun plural -deta (-dɪtə)
  1. the omission of a conjunction between the parts of a sentence
  2. an asyndetic constructionCompare syndeton

Word Origin for asyndeton

C16: from New Latin, from Greek asundeton, from asundetos unconnected, from a- 1 + sundein to bind together
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Word Origin and History for asyndetic

1823; see asyndeton + -ic.



"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."

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