polysyndeton

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n polysyndeton using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in `he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Polysyndeton (Rhet) A figure by which the conjunction is often repeated, as in the sentence, “We have ships and men and money and stores.” Opposed to asyndeton.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polysyndeton In rhetoric, a figure consisting in the use of a number of conjunctions in close succession; introduction of all the members of a series of coördinate words or clauses with conjunctions: opposed to asyndeton. Asyndeton produces an accelerated, polysyndeton a retarded movement in the sentence. Asyndeton gives an effect of accumulation and energy, polysyndeton demands special and deliberate attention to each separate word and clause introduced. Rom. viii. 35, 38, 39 is an example.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Polysyndeton pol-i-sin′de-ton (rhet.) figurative repetition of connectives or conjunctions.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. poly`s many + bound together, fr. to bind together; with + to bind