- 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
Related Words for asyndetonallegory, allusion, analogy, anticlimax, antithesis, bathos, comparison, conceit, device, euphemism, euphuism, exaggeration, expression, flourish, flower, hyperbole, image, imagery, irony, metaphor
Examples from the Web for asyndeton
Historical Examples of asyndeton
The asyndeton in this distich is odd, given the preceding series of connectives.
And this is what Homer has expressed by using the figure Asyndeton.On the Sublime
Of this sort is Asyndeton when the conjunctions uniting sentences are removed.Essays and Miscellanies
But the asyndeton resulting from the suppression of these words was felt to be intolerable.
But the asyndeton (so characteristic of the fourth Gospel) proving uncongenial to certain of old time, D inserted και.
- 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."