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asyndeton

[uh-sin-di-ton, -tuh n] /əˈsɪn dɪˌtɒn, -tən/
noun
1.
Rhetoric. the omission of conjunctions, as in “He has provided the poor with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.”.
2.
Library Science. the omission of cross references, especially from a catalog.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin < Greek, noun use of neuter of asýndetos not linked (a- a-6 + syndé(ein) to link + -tos verbid suffix)
Related forms
asyndetic
[as-in-det-ik] /ˈæs ɪnˈdɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
asyndetically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for asyndetic

asyndetic

/ˌæsɪnˈdɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a catalogue or index) without cross references
2.
(of a linguistic construction) having no conjunction, as in I came, I saw, I conquered
Derived Forms
asyndetically, adverb

asyndeton

/æˈsɪndɪtən/
noun (pl) -deta (-dɪtə)
1.
the omission of a conjunction between the parts of a sentence
2.
an asyndetic construction Compare syndeton
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin, from Greek asundeton, from asundetos unconnected, from a-1 + sundein to bind together
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Word Origin and History for asyndetic
adj.

1823; see asyndeton + -ic.

asyndeton

n.

"omission of conjunctions," 1580s, from Latin, from Greek asyndeton, neuter of asyndetos "unconnected," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + syndetos, from syndein "to bind together," from syn- "together" + dein "to bind," related to desmos "band," from PIE *de- "to bind."

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Encyclopedia Article for asyndetic

asyndeton

the omission of the conjunctions that ordinarily join coordinate words or clauses, as in the phrase "I came, I saw, I conquered" or in Matthew Arnold's poem The Scholar Gipsy:Thou hast not lived, why should'st thou perish, so?Thou hadst one aim, one business, one desire; Else wert thou long since numbered with the dead

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