The definition of a zeugma is a figure of speech where one word applies to multiple words within a sentence.noun
An example of a zeugma is saying that a woman's dress was blue and so was her mood.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a figure of speech in which a single word, usually a verb or adjective, is syntactically related to two or more words, though having a different sense in relation to each (Ex.: The room was not light, but his fingers were)
Origin: L < Gr, lit., yoke
- zeugmatic adjective
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- A construction in which one word or phrase is understood to be related to two or more other words or phrases, while being grammatically consistent with only one of them, as with subject-verb agreement in She was upstairs, and her children downstairs.
Origin: Latin, from Greek, a joining, bond; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.