[ uh-sin-di-ton, -tuhn ]
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  1. Rhetoric. the omission of conjunctions, as in “He has provided people with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.”

  2. Library Science. the omission of cross references, especially from a catalog.

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/, adjective
  • as·yn·det·i·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use asyndeton in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for asyndeton


/ (æˈsɪndɪtən) /

nounplural -deta (-dɪtə)
  1. the omission of a conjunction between the parts of a sentence

  2. an asyndetic construction: Compare syndeton

Origin of asyndeton

C16: from New Latin, from Greek asundeton, from asundetos unconnected, from a- 1 + sundein to bind together

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