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Related to syllepsis: synecdoche, syphilis
n. pl. syl·lep·ses (-sēz)
A verbal construction in which a word governs two or more other words but agrees in number, gender, or case with only one, or has a different meaning when applied to each of the words, as in He lost his coat and his temper.
[Late Latin syllēpsis, from Greek sullēpsis : sun-, syn- + lēpsis, a taking (from lambanein, to take).]
syl·lep′tic (-lĕp′tĭk) adj.
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
1. (Grammar) (in grammar or rhetoric) the use of a single sentence construction in which a verb, adjective, etc is made to cover two syntactical functions, as the verb form have in she and they have promised to come
2. (Rhetoric) (in grammar or rhetoric) the use of a single sentence construction in which a verb, adjective, etc is made to cover two syntactical functions, as the verb form have in she and they have promised to come
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) another word for zeugma
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek sullēpsis, from sul- syn- + lēpsis a taking, from lambanein to take]
sylˈleptic, sylˈleptical adj
n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, esp. to modify or govern two or more words of which at least one does not agree in number, case, or gender, as the use of are in Neither he nor we are willing.
[1570–80; < Medieval Latin syllēpsis < Greek sýllēpsis literally, taking together < syllambánein (see syllable)]
syl•lep′tic (-tɪk) adj.
the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, especially to apply to two or more words of which at least one does not agree in logic, number, case, or gender, as in Pope’s line “See Pan with flocks, with fruits Pomona crowned.” — sylleptic, sylleptical, adj.See also: Grammar
the use of a word with the same syntactic relation to two adjacent words, in a literal sense with one and a metaphorical sense with the other, as in “the ships collided, and the sailors and many dreams were drowned.” — sylleptic, adj.See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
1. A construction in which a word applied to two other words really only matches one of them or matches each in different ways, such as in “She lost her umbrella and her way.”
2. Use of one word linked in different senses to two statements, usually used for its comic effect.