Zeugma meaning

zo͝ogmə
The definition of a zeugma is a figure of speech where one word applies to multiple words within a sentence.

An example of a zeugma is saying that a woman's dress was blue and so was her mood.

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Syllepsis.
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A construction in which one word or phrase is understood to fill a parallel syntactic role in two or more clauses or phrases, as with the verb was in She was upstairs, and her husband downstairs.
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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)
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(rhetoric) The act of using a word, particularly an adjective or verb, to apply to more than one noun when its sense is appropriate to only one.
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(rhetoric) Syllepsis.
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Origin of zeugma

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary