asyndeton

noun

asyn·​de·​ton ə-ˈsin-də-ˌtän How to pronounce asyndeton (audio)
(ˌ)ā-ˈsin-
plural asyndetons or asyndeta ə-ˈsin-də-tə How to pronounce asyndeton (audio)
(ˌ)ā-ˈsin-
: omission of the conjunctions that ordinarily join coordinate words or clauses (as in "I came, I saw, I conquered")

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, from Greek, from neuter of asyndetos unconnected, from a- + syndetos bound together, from syndein to bind together, from syn- + dein to bind — more at diadem

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of asyndeton was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Asyndeton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asyndeton. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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