hendiadys

[ hen-dahy-uh-dis ]
/ hɛnˈdaɪ ə dɪs /

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.”

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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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Example sentences 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for hendiadys

hendiadys
/ (hɛnˈdaɪədɪs) /

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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