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polysyndeton

[ pol-ee-sin-di-ton, -tuhn ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈsɪn dɪˌtɒn, -tən /
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noun Rhetoric.

the use of a number of conjunctions in close succession.

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Origin of polysyndeton

From New Latin, dating back to 1580–90; see origin at poly-, asyndeton
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British Dictionary definitions for polysyndeton

polysyndeton
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈsɪndɪtən) /

noun

rhetoric the use of several conjunctions in close succession, esp where some might be omitted, as in he ran and jumped and laughed for joy
Also called: syndesis grammar a sentence containing more than two coordinate clauses

Word Origin for polysyndeton

C16: poly- + -syndeton, from Greek sundetos bound together
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