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hendiadys

noun hen·di·a·dys \hen-ˈdī-ə-dəs\

Definition of HENDIADYS

:  the expression of an idea by the use of usually two independent words connected by and (as nice and warm) instead of the usual combination of independent word and its modifier (as nicely warm)

Origin of HENDIADYS

Late Latin hendiadys, hendiadyoin, modification of Greek hen dia dyoin, literally, one through two
First Known Use: circa 1577

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