parataxis

noun
para·​tax·​is | \ ˌper-ə-ˈtak-səs How to pronounce parataxis (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of parataxis

: the placing of clauses or phrases one after another without coordinating or subordinating connectives

First Known Use of parataxis

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parataxis

New Latin, from Greek, act of placing side by side, from paratassein to place side by side, from para- + tassein to arrange

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about parataxis

Time Traveler for parataxis

Time Traveler

The first known use of parataxis was circa 1842

See more words from the same year

Statistics for parataxis

Cite this Entry

“Parataxis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parataxis. Accessed 14 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for parataxis

parataxis

noun
para·​tax·​is | \ -ˈtak-səs How to pronounce parataxis (audio) \
plural parataxes\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce parataxes (audio) \

Medical Definition of parataxis

: the parataxic mode of thinking

More from Merriam-Webster on parataxis

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with parataxis

Comments on parataxis

What made you want to look up parataxis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to assail by words or arguments

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!