syllepsis

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From Latin syllepsis, from Ancient Greek σύλληψις (súllēpsis)

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syllepsis (countable and uncountable, plural syllepses)

Examples (rhetoric)

She lowered her standards by raising her glass, Her courage, her eyes and his hopes.
- Flanders and Swann
She cribbed the baby and then the corn.
She came in high spirits and a Cadillac.

  1. (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
  2. (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.

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Noun[edit]

syllepsis f (genitive syllepsis); third declension

  1. (grammar) syllepsis

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Third declension i-stem, alternative accusative singular in -im and ablative singular in .

Number Singular Plural
nominative syllepsis syllepsēs
genitive syllepsis syllepsium
dative syllepsī syllepsibus
accusative syllepsim
syllepsem
syllepsīs
syllepsēs
ablative syllepsī
syllepse
syllepsibus
vocative syllepsis syllepsēs