Asyndeton definition

ə-sĭndĭ-tŏn
The definition of asyndeton is the writing style of leaving out several conjunctions (such as "as" or "and") from a sentence or a group of related sentences.

An example of asyndeton is someone writing the following, "She spoke. She left."

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(rhetoric) A stylistic scheme in which conjunctions are deliberately omitted from a series of words, phrases, clauses.
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The omission of conjunctions from constructions in which they would normally be used, as in.
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The practice of leaving out the usual conjunctions between coordinate sentence elements (Ex.: smile, shake hands, part)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
asyndeton
Plural:
asyndeta, asyndetons

Origin of asyndeton

  • Late Latin from Greek asundeton from neuter of asundetos without conjunctions a- not a–1 sundetos bound together (from sundein to bind together) (sun- syn-) (dein to bind)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀσύνδετον (asundeton, “unconnected”).

    From Wiktionary