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parataxis

[ par-uh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌpær əˈtæk sɪs /
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noun Grammar.
the placing together of sentences, clauses, or phrases without a conjunctive word or words, as Hurry up, it is getting late! I came—I saw—I conquered.
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Origin of parataxis

1835–45; <New Latin <Greek parátaxis an arranging in order for battle. See para-1, -taxis

OTHER WORDS FROM parataxis

par·a·tac·tic [par-uh-tak-tik], /ˌpær əˈtæk tɪk/, par·a·tac·ti·cal, adjectivepar·a·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for parataxis

parataxis
/ (ˌpærəˈtæksɪs) /

noun
the juxtaposition of clauses in a sentence without the use of a conjunction, as for example None of my friends stayed — they all left early

Derived forms of parataxis

paratactic (ˌpærəˈtæktɪk), adjectiveparatactically, adverb

Word Origin for parataxis

C19: New Latin from Greek, from paratassein, literally: to arrange side by side, from para- 1 + tassein to arrange
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