Zeugma Definition

zo͝ogmə
noun
Syllepsis.
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Webster's New World
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)
Webster's New World

(rhetoric) Syllepsis.

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Other Word Forms of Zeugma

Noun

Singular:
zeugma
Plural:
zeugmas, zeugmata

Origin of Zeugma

  • From Ancient Greek ζεῦγμα (zeugma, “yoking; a bond, a band"), from ζεύγνυμι (zeugnumi, “to yoke; to join"), from ζεῦγος (zeugos, “a yoke").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin from Greek a joining, bond yeug- in Indo-European roots

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

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