hendiadys

hendiadys

[hen-dahy-uh-dis]
noun Rhetoric.
a figure in which a complex idea is expressed by two words connected by a copulative conjunction: “to look with eyes and envy” instead of “with envious eyes.”

Origin:
1580–90; < Medieval Latin; alteration of Greek phrase hèn dià dyoîn one through two, one by means of two

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hendiadys (hɛnˈdaɪədɪs)
 
n
a rhetorical device by which two nouns joined by a conjunction, usually and, are used instead of a noun and a modifier, as in to run with fear and haste instead of to run with fearful haste
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin, changed from Greek phrase hen dia duoin, literally: one through two]

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hendiadys
1586, figure of speech in which two nouns joined by and are used in place of a noun and an adj.; from M.L. alteration of Gk. hen dia duoin "one (thing) by means of two." If this term was used by Gk. grammarians it is no longer found in their writings, but it is frequent among L. writers.
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