Asyndetic

asyndeton

[uh-sin-di-ton, -tuhn]
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:
1580–90; < Latin < Greek, noun use of neuter of asýndetos not linked (a- a-6 + syndé(ein) to link + -tos verbid suffix)

asyndetic [as-in-det-ik] , adjective
asyndetically, adverb
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asyndetic (ˌæsɪnˈdɛtɪk)
 
adj
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
 
asyn'detically
 
adv

asyndeton (æˈsɪndɪtən)
 
n , pl -deta
1.  the omission of a conjunction between the parts of a sentence
2.  Compare syndeton an asyndetic construction
 
[C16: from New Latin, from Greek asundeton, from asundetos unconnected, from a-1 + sundein to bind together]

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asyndeton
"omission of conjunctions," 1580s, from L., from Gk. asyndeton, neut. of asyndetos "unconnected," from a-, privative prefix, + syndetos, from syndein "to bind together," from syn- "together" + dein "to bind."
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