- a construction in which an expected grammatical agreement in form is replaced by an agreement in meaning, as in The crowd rose to their feet, where a plural pronoun is used to refer to a singular noun.
Origin of synesis
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Synesis, sin′e-sis, n. a grammatical construction in harmony with the sense rather than with strict syntax.
- a grammatical construction in which the inflection or form of a word is conditioned by the meaning rather than the syntax, as for example the plural form have with the singular noun group in the sentence the group have already assembled
Word Origin for synesis
via New Latin from Greek sunesis union, from sunienai to bring together, from syn- + hienai to send
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