Definitions

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  • n. Referring to something by its polar extremes.
  • n. Referring to something by a list of its parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The repetition of parts in an organism in such a way as to form a regular pattern, as in radial and bilateral symmetry, serial homology, etc.

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Examples

  • The error, mes - merism - or hypnotism, to use the recent term

    Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures

  • Answer: God created the heavens and the earth (a merism for "everything") approximately four thousand years before the birth of Christ, conducting His creative work ex nihilo over a period of six days, as described in Genesis 1.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Diplophrasis My letter in the February 1976 VERBATIM, listing phrases in our language in which synonyms are joined by and (aches and pains, alas and alack, bits and pieces) and other examples of hendiadys and merism elicited many additions from readers.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 4

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