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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Definitions for hypozeuxis

  1. Rhetoric. the use of a series of parallel clauses, each of which has a subject and predicate, as in “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

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Citations for hypozeuxis
Under the label hypozeuxis, Peacham actually describes a megasentence made up of a series of brief, complete clauses. His own example has eighteen predications in a row... Jeanne Fahnestock, Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion, 2011
I am afraid there is at least one New York journalist who now uses the hypozeuxis every chance he gets. Arthur Quinn, Figures of Speech: 60 Ways to Turn a Phrase, 1982
Origin of hypozeuxis
Hypozeuxis is a very rare Greek rhetorical term and an oddity. Its meaning as a rhetorical term is perfectly straightforward (a series of short parallel clauses, each having a subject and predicate, as in “I came, I saw, I conquered”). The oddity of hypozeuxis is that it is found only in the writings of Latin grammarians and literary scholars of the 4th century a.d., e.g., in the commentary of Aelius Donatus on the comic play Phormio by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) (ca. 190–ca.159 b.c.). Hypozeuxis was first recorded and defined in English by George Puttenham (1529-1590), an English literary critic.