- a figure in which a complex idea is expressed by two words connected by a copulative conjunction: “to look with eyes and envy” instead of “with envious eyes.”
Origin of hendiadys
Examples from the Web for hendiadys
A hendiadys for 'Go drink all the mind-purging hellebore that grows in Anticyra'.
This line is a type of hendiadys, the first half of the line being redefined by the second.
Real instances of hendiadys are much rarer than is generally supposed.Cato Maior de Senectute
Marcus Tullius Cicero
- a rhetorical device by which two nouns joined by a conjunction, usually and, are used instead of a noun and a modifier, as in to run with fear and haste instead of to run with fearful haste
Word Origin and History for hendiadys
1580s, figure of speech in which two nouns joined by and are used in place of a noun and an adjective; from Medieval Latin alteration of Greek hen dia duoin "one (thing) by means of two." If this term was used by Greek grammarians it is no longer found in their writings, but it is frequent among Latin writers.