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asyndeton

[ uh-sin-di-ton, -tuhn ]
/ əˈsɪn dɪˌtɒn, -tən /
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Definition of asyndeton

noun
Rhetoric. the omission of conjunctions, as in “He has provided people with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.”
Library Science. the omission of cross references, especially from a catalog.
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Origin of asyndeton

First recorded in 1580–90; from Late Latin, from Greek, noun use of neuter of asýndetos “unlinked, loose” (equivalent to a- a-6 + syndé(ein) “to tie together, bind” + -tos verbal adjective suffix)

OTHER WORDS FROM asyndeton

as·yn·det·ic [as-in-det-ik], /ˈæs ɪnˈdɛt ɪk/, adjectiveas·yn·det·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for asyndeton

asyndeton
/ (æˈsɪndɪtən) /

noun plural -deta (-dɪtə)
the omission of a conjunction between the parts of a sentence
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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