syllepses

syllepsis

[si-lep-sis]
noun, plural syllepses [si-lep-seez] . Grammar.
the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, especially to modify two or more words of which at least one does not agree in number, case, or gender, as the use of are in Neither he nor we are willing.
Compare zeugma.


Origin:
1570–80; < Medieval Latin syllēpsis < Greek sýllēpsis, equivalent to syl- syl- + lēb- (variant stem of lambánein to take) + -sis -sis

sylleptic [si-lep-tik] , adjective
sylleptically, adverb
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syllepsis (sɪˈlɛpsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
1.  (in grammar or rhetoric) the use of a single sentence construction in which a verb, adjective, etc is made to cover two syntactical functions, as the verb form have in she and they have promised to come
2.  another word for zeugma
 
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek sullēpsis, from sul-syn- + lēpsis a taking, from lambanein to take]
 
syl'leptic
 
adj
 
syl'leptically
 
adv

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