EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Rhetoric 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 1580–90; < Medieval Latin; alteration of Greek phrase hèn dià dyoîn one through two, one by means of two
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Examples from the Web for hendiadys Historical Examples of hendiadys
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. British Dictionary definitions for hendiadys noun 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 for hendiadys
C16: from Medieval Latin, changed from Greek phrase
hen dia duoin, literally: one through two
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Word Origin and History for hendiadys n.
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.
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