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
British Dictionary definitions for hendiadys
Word Origin for hendiadys
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.