American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A construction in which a word governs two or more other words but agrees in number, gender, or case with only one, or has a different meaning when applied to each of the words, as in He lost his coat and his temper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric and grammar: A figure by which a word is used in the same passage both of the person to whom or the thing to which it properly applies, and also to include other persons or things to which it does not apply properly or strictly. This figure includes zeugma and also the taking of words in two senses at once, the literal and the metaphorical, as in the following passage, where the word sweeter is used in both senses: “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether; … sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb.” (Ps. xix. 9, 10.) Also sometimes used as equivalent to synesis.
- n. A figure by which one word is referred to another in the sentence to which it does not grammatically belong, as the agreement of a verb or an adjective with one rather than another of two nouns with either of which it might agree: as, rex et regina beati.
- n. rhetoric A figure of speech in which one word simultaneously modifies two or more other words such that the modification must be understood differently with respect to each modified word; often causing humorous incongruity
- n. botany Growth in which lateral branches develop from a lateral meristem, without the formation of a bud or period of dormancy, when the lateral meristem is split from a terminal meristem.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rhet.) A figure of speech by which a word is used in a literal and metaphorical sense at the same time.
- n. (Gram.) The agreement of a verb or adjective with one, rather than another, of two nouns, with either of which it might agree in gender, number, etc.; as, rex et regina beati.
- n. use of a word to govern two or more words though agreeing in number or case etc. with only one
- From Latin syllepsis, from Ancient Greek σύλληψις (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin syllēpsis, from Greek sullēpsis : sun-, syn- + lēpsis, a taking (from lambanein, to take). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Surely someone like Hofmeister will be able to skim enough to put away a tidy nest egg of several hundred million at least in Euros and Amstersdam (pardon the syllepsis).”
“I think this is the most entertaining Volokh thread since syllepsis!”
“= For Ovid's use of syllepsis, see at vi 16 _spem nostram terras deseruitque simul_ (p 234).”
“This is a typical instance of Ovid's love of _syllepsis_, of giving a single verb two objects (or more), each of which uses a different meaning of the verb.”
“These know not the figure syllepsis, by which one name is put for many, and many for one; as Paul in the Epistle to the Hebrews says, "They were sawn asunder," [Heb 11: 37] when it is thought that one only,”
“GOATLEY3: Sorry but I'm not willing to spill one more drop Here we go again, another kinetic military action for humanitari lqw: Here we go again, another kinetic military action for humanitarian syllepsis 29 minutes ago 10:36 PM I wonder why they haven't bombed Assad's compound yet.”
“But ignorance of the article doesn't seem syllepsis 1 minute ago 7:26 PM”
“Progrezzive: This is how the checks and balances are suppose to syllepsis 14 minutes ago 7:12 PM”
“Man and Nature, but Man himself is a syllepsis, a compendium of Nature — the”
“Incidentally, you might recognise that rhetorical shimmy as a variation of syllepsis: a fairly easy word to avoid, it must be admitted, but as hair-raising for me to pronounce as”
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