[ si-lep-sis ]
/ sɪˈlɛp sɪs /
noun, plural syl·lep·ses [si-lep-seez] /sɪˈlɛp siz/. Grammar.
the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, especially to modify two or more words of which at least one does not agree in number, case, or gender, as the use of are in Neither he nor we are willing.
Origin of syllepsis
Related formssyl·lep·tic [si-lep-tik] /sɪˈlɛp tɪk/, adjectivesyl·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for syllepsis
/ (sɪˈlɛpsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
(in grammar or rhetoric) the use of a single sentence construction in which a verb, adjective, etc is made to cover two syntactical functions, as the verb form have in she and they have promised to come
another word for zeugma
Derived Formssylleptic, adjectivesylleptically, adverb
Word Origin for syllepsis
C16: from Late Latin, from Greek sullēpsis, from sul- syn- + lēpsis a taking, from lambanein to take
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