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asyndeton noun [uh-SIN-di-ton] Rhetoric. the omission of conjunctions, as in “He has provided the poor with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.”
Definitions for asyndeton
- Rhetoric. the omission of conjunctions, as in “He has provided the poor with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.”
- Library Science. the omission of cross references, especially from a catalog.
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Citations for asyndeton
So how could Eddy, who could not sort his own, have made anything at all of the jumble of mixed motives and crossed purposes, ordinary and routine as heavy traffic, or seen design in their snarl of wills, feelings, and intentions, asynchronous and asyndeton as timber soaking in a logjam?
The most brilliant general would be laughed at—albeit behind his back—if he couldn't report his accomplishments using chiasmus and litotes, praeteritio and asyndeton and a thousand other absurdities.
Origin of asyndeton
Asyndeton came to English in the late-1500s from the Greek roots a- + syndetos literally meaning "not bound together."