syllepsis

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From Latin syllepsis, from Ancient Greek σύλληψις (súllēpsis).

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Examples (rhetoric)
  • She lowered her standards by raising her glass, Her courage, her eyes and his hopes.
    – Flanders and Swann
  • Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey, Dost sometimes counsel take—and sometimes tea.
    – Alexander Pope
  • She cribbed the baby and then the corn.
  • She came in high spirits and a Cadillac.

syllepsis (countable and uncountable, plural syllepses)

  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.
    Coordinate term: zeugma
    Hypernym: brachylogy
  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.
    Antonym: prolepsis

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Noun[edit]

syllēpsis f (genitive syllēpsis); third declension

  1. (grammar) syllepsis

Declension[edit]

Third declension, alternative accusative singular in -im, alternative ablative singular in and accusative plural in -īs.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative syllēpsis syllēpsēs
Genitive syllēpsis syllēpsium
Dative syllēpsī syllēpsibus
Accusative syllēpsem
syllēpsim
syllēpsēs
syllēpsīs
Ablative syllēpse
syllēpsī
syllēpsibus
Vocative syllēpsis syllēpsēs

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