[ par-uh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌpær əˈtæk sɪs /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM parataxispar·a·tac·tic [par-uh-tak-tik], /ˌpær əˈtæk tɪk/, par·a·tac·ti·cal, adjectivepar·a·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby parataxis
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British Dictionary definitions for parataxis
/ (ˌpærəˈtæksɪs) /
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 parataxisparatactic (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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