Definition of Syllepsis

1. Noun. Use of a word to govern two or more words though agreeing in number or case etc. with only one.

Generic synonyms: Zeugma



Definition of Syllepsis

1. n. A figure of speech by which a word is used in a literal and metaphorical sense at the same time.

Definition of Syllepsis

1. Noun. (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 ¹

2. Noun. (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. ¹

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Definition of Syllepsis

1. [n -LEPSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Syllepsis

syllabized
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syllable
syllable structure
syllabled
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syllabograms
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syllabubs
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syllabuses
syllepses
syllepsis (current term)
sylleptic
sylloge
sylloges
syllogise
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syllogism
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syllogist
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Literary usage of Syllepsis

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1. A Theoretical and Practical Grammar of the French Tongue: In which the by Jean-Pons-Victor Lecoutz de Levizac, Stephen Pasquier (1833)
"There is likewise a syllepsis in these sentences : Je crains qu'il ne vienne. ... There is again a very elegant syllepsis in-sentences like the following ..."

2. A Theoretical and Practical Grammar of the French Language: In which the by Levizac (Jean Pons Victor Lecoutz), Anthony Bolmar (1844)
"The syllepsis is a figure by which a word relates more to our meaning than ... There is likewise a syllepsis in these sentences : Je crains qu'il ne vienne. ..."

3. Forensic Oratory: A Manual for Advocates by William Callyhan Robinson (1893)
"Figures of Words : Natural Meaning: Ellipsis: Hyperbaton : syllepsis : Pleonasm. Of the four figures of words employed in their natural meaning, ..."

4. Forensic Oratory: A Manual for Advocates by William Callyhan Robinson (1893)
"Figures of Words: Natural Meaning: Ellipsis: Hyperbaton : syllepsis : Pleonasm. Of the four figures of words employed in their natural meaning, ..."

5. The English Language in Its Elements and Forms: With a History of Its Origin by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"syllepsis, from the Greek avA^jp/tff, taken together, is a trope by which a word is taken in two senses, the literal and the metaphorical; when we conceive ..."

6. A Theoretical and Practical Grammar of the French Tongue: In which the by Jean-Pons-Victor Lecoutz de Levizac, Stephen Pasquier (1833)
"There is likewise a syllepsis in these sentences : Je crains qu'il ne vienne. ... There is again a very elegant syllepsis in-sentences like the following ..."

7. A Theoretical and Practical Grammar of the French Language: In which the by Levizac (Jean Pons Victor Lecoutz), Anthony Bolmar (1844)
"The syllepsis is a figure by which a word relates more to our meaning than ... There is likewise a syllepsis in these sentences : Je crains qu'il ne vienne. ..."

8. Forensic Oratory: A Manual for Advocates by William Callyhan Robinson (1893)
"Figures of Words : Natural Meaning: Ellipsis: Hyperbaton : syllepsis : Pleonasm. Of the four figures of words employed in their natural meaning, ..."

9. Forensic Oratory: A Manual for Advocates by William Callyhan Robinson (1893)
"Figures of Words: Natural Meaning: Ellipsis: Hyperbaton : syllepsis : Pleonasm. Of the four figures of words employed in their natural meaning, ..."

10. The English Language in Its Elements and Forms: With a History of Its Origin by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"syllepsis, from the Greek avA^jp/tff, taken together, is a trope by which a word is taken in two senses, the literal and the metaphorical; when we conceive ..."

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