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The omission of conjunctions from constructions in which they would normally be used, as in "Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils, / Shrunk to this little measure?" (Shakespeare).

[Late Latin, from Greek asundeton, from neuter of asundetos, without conjunctions : a-, not; see a-1 + sundetos, bound together (from sundein, to bind together : sun-, syn- + dein, to bind).]

as′yn·det′ic (ăs′ĭn-dĕt′ĭk) adj.
as′yn·det′i·cal·ly adv.


n, pl -deta (-dɪtə)
1. (Linguistics) the omission of a conjunction between the parts of a sentence
2. (Linguistics) an asyndetic construction. Compare syndeton
[C16: from New Latin, from Greek asundeton, from asundetos unconnected, from a-1 + sundein to bind together]


(əˈsɪn dɪˌtɒn, -tən)

the omission of conjunctions, as in “He has provided the poor with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.”
[1580–90; < Latin < Greek, n. use of neuter of asýndetos not linked =a- a-6 + sýndetos, v. adj. of syndeîn to tie together (syn- syn- + deîn to bind)]
as•yn•det•ic (ˈæs ɪnˈdɛt ɪk) adj.
as`yn•det′i•cal•ly, adv.


a rhetorical device in which conjunctions or other connecting words are omitted, produced a staccato, emphatic effect. — asyndetic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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Noun1.asyndeton - the omission of conjunctions where they would normally be used
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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Asyndeton is the scheme for leaving out connecting words.
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He contends that for Browning, like Hopkins, Shakespeare resonates most not in direct allusions to the plays, but rather in the language of the poetry itself, particularly in rhetorical figures such as asyndeton (the dropping of connectives) and hendiadys (Chapter 12, "Oracle Meets Wit").
Woolf's sustained asyndeton produces an effect of concretion without meaningful connection, process without telos, an imperial voice narrating its own slightly banal history ("a voice kept remarking") in a monologue composed of the fragments of actions, places, populations.
the other reading slaps nothing; it weighs, it sticks to the text, it reads, so to speak, with application and transport, grasps at every point in the text the asyndeton which cuts the various languages--and not the anecdote: it is not (logical) extension that captivates it, the winnowing out of truths, but the layering of significance" (12).
Keyed to the aesthetics of the sublime, the syntax evokes the flow of perception through asyndeton, parenthetical interjections, and the dissociation of "persons" from "voices.
Even the asyndeton in "begot me, bred me, loved me" suggests a minimalist appreciation of Lear's gift-loves through eros and affection.
El primer capitulo, "Form- parallelism and the unity of opposites", comienza con la interaccion de ambos cronotopos en la textura verbal de las obras a traves de un tipo de locucion que comparten y que Seaford llama "form-parallelism": la yuxtaposicion de dos unidades semanticas separadas que son paralelas en la sintaxis y en su forma, usualmente junto con la antitesis, la asonancia y el asyndeton.