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The repetition of conjunctions in close succession for rhetorical effect, as in the phrase here and there and everywhere.

[Late Greek polusundeton, from neuter of polusundetos, using many connectives : Greek polu-, poly- + Greek sundetos, bound together; see syndetic.]


1. (Rhetoric) rhetoric the use of several conjunctions in close succession, esp where some might be omitted, as in he ran and jumped and laughed for joy
2. (Grammar) grammar Also called: syndesis a sentence containing more than two coordinate clauses
[C16: poly- + -syndeton, from Greek sundetos bound together]


(ˌpɒl iˈsɪn dɪˌtɒn, -tən)

the use of a number of conjunctions in close succession.
[1580–90; < New Latin]


The use of several conjunctions one after another to create an effect, as “smiling and waving and dancing up and down.”
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polysyndeton - using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in `he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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Oh well, Al's restriction totally forbids polysyndeton anyway.
Although also using the scheme called klimax (Greek) or scala (Roman), progressing from a mundane one hundred days reminiscent of Franklin Roosevelt's beginning presidency to an epochal lifetime on this planet, Kennedy's preferred polysyndeton therein was honed in June 1945.
contains nine uses of the word "and" in various functions of "yoking": first in the polysyndeton characteristic of the novel, joining the three verbs relating to the horsemen, and then as a simple coordinating conjunction joining the horsemen's clause with that of the architect; then in the ellipsis of the twice implied preposition "in" (in his coat, hat, and expression) in a sort of prepositional zeugma ("yoking" in Greek) suggesting the wearing of an expression as similar to the wearing of a hat; (4) and finally in the dominant adjectival coupling that is perhaps the most insistent stylistic feature of the novel, here in particularly strained or perhaps paradoxical form: casual and bitterly disinterested, condemned and conscientious.
Syntax tumbles through these lines almost entirely without punctuation--a single comma in the fourth line is the only guide--and, while no rules are broken (this voice is too delicate for solecism), the piling up of participial and prepositional phrases and relative clauses raises a tension that peaks with the polysyndeton of the penultimate line (beige now and broken and) before drawing itself up short with the dash, as the speaker pauses to regain her composure.
80) The verbal "redundancy," parallelism, balance, and polysyndeton characteristic both of the psalms and of Augustine's preaching foster an epistemology where human knowledge is empathetic and participatory and where the value of words lies not foremost in precise definition but in their "'actual habitat," including "gestures, vocal inflections, facial expressions, and the entire human, existential setting in which the real spoken word always occurs.
Polysyndeton generates a catalog of items that are treated as roughly equal in importance (Quinn 1982, 11).
Doody analyzes Hemingway's polysyndeton within the overall narrative structure Of The Sun Also Rises, and more specifically with respect to the voice of the first person narrator, lake:
The hallmark of Petrarchan-geminated adjectives, antithesis, polysyndeton, and amplificatio can be found both in Leopardi's Canti and in the Canzoniere.