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syllepsis

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noun syl·lep·sis \sə-ˈlep-səs\

Definition of syllepsis

plural syl·lep·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  the use of a word to modify or govern syntactically two or more words with only one of which it formally agrees in gender, number, or case

  2. 2 :  the use of a word in the same grammatical relation to two adjacent words in the context with one literal and the other metaphorical in sense

syl·lep·tic play \-ˈlep-tik\ adjective


Origin of syllepsis

Latin, from Greek syllēpsis, from syllambanein


First Known Use: circa 1550

Rhymes with syllepsis


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