parataxis [par- uh- tak-sis] Word Origin See more synonyms for parataxis on Thesaurus.com 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. Origin of parataxis 1835–45;
an arranging in order for battle. See
-taxis Related forms par·a·tac·tic , [par- uh- tak-tik] /ˌpær əˈtæk tɪk/ par·a·tac·ti·cal, adjective par·a·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for parataxis 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 paratactic ( ˌpærəˈtæktɪk), adjective paratactically, adverb Word Origin
C19: New Latin from Greek, from
paratassein, literally: to arrange side by side, from para- 1 + tassein to arrange
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Word Origin and History for parataxis n.
1838, from Greek
parataxis "a placing side by side, a placing in line of battle," from stem of paratassein "to place side by side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + tassein "to arrange" (see tactics). Related: Paratactic.
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