- the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in to wage war and peace or On his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold.
Origin of zeugma
Examples from the Web for zeugma
Historical Examples of zeugma
Zeugma is either upon or near the site of Bir, which is in about 37° N. Lat.Plutarch's Lives Volume III.
The young prince accordingly set out, and reached the city of Zeugma in safety.
Lucullus appears to have crossed the Euphrates at a more northern point than Zeugma, where the river was crossed by Crassus.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II
Aubrey Stewart & George Long
There is a zeugma in speaks as applied to ‘thunder’ and ‘chains,’ unless it be taken as in both cases equivalent to denounces.Milton's Comus
- a figure of speech in which a word is used to modify or govern two or more words although appropriate to only one of them or making a different sense with each, as in the sentence Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave (Charles Dickens)
Word Origin for zeugma
Word Origin and History for zeugma
1580s, "a single word (usually a verb or adjective) made to refer to two or more words in a sentence," from Greek, literally "a yoking," from zeugnynai "to yoke" (see jugular).