[ uh-sin-di-ton, -tuhn ]
/ əˈsɪn dɪˌtɒn, -tən /
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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.



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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)
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

/ (æˈsɪndɪtən) /

noun plural -deta (-dɪtə)

the omission of a conjunction between the parts of a sentence
an asyndetic constructionCompare syndeton
C16: from New Latin, from Greek asundeton, from asundetos unconnected, from a- 1 + sundein to bind together
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