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1. Syllepsis.
2. 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.

[Latin, from Greek, a joining, bond; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a figure of speech in which a word is used to modify or govern two or more words although appropriate to only one of them or making a different sense with each, as in the sentence Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave (Charles Dickens)
[C16: via Latin from Greek: a yoking, from zeugnunai to yoke]
zeugmatic adj
zeugˈmatically adv


(ˈzug mə)

the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in to wage war and peace or He caught a trout and a bad cold.
[1515–25; < Greek zeûgma=zeug(nýnai) to join, yoke + -ma n. suffix of result]
zeug•mat′ic (-ˈmæt ɪk) adj.


the use of a word grammatically related to two adjacent words, but inappropriate for one of them, as in “he loved both his wife and his wallet.” — zeugmatic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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Noun1.zeugma - use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one; "`Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave' is an example of zeugma"
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
syllepsis - use of a word to govern two or more words though agreeing in number or case etc. with only one


nZeugma nt
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In November of last year, Gaziantep Mayor Fatma E[currency]ahin visited the site of some 2,000-year-old mosaics in the ancient city of Zeugma in southeast Turkey and walked on them in high-heeled shoes, drawing much criticism.
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Attention was drawn to this issue in particular in 2000, when debates surrounding the flooding of the ancient site of Zeugma in Turkey exposed the extent of both ancient and modern looting.
The excavations took place over the long Turkish summer of 2000, when it became clear that the ruins of the ancient city of Zeugma were under immediate threat from the rising waters of the reservoir behind the Birecik dam, which, with its hydroelectric power plant, forms part of the south-eastern Anatolia Project.
Then there's zeugma, "a tricksy figure in which several clauses are governed by a single word.
In a delightful zeugma he observes that "houses are built by rule, and commonwealths" (l.
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Some 1,700 square metres of mosaic unearthed in the ancient city of Zeugma, is on display in the museum.
It goes as far as oxymoron which is where we should all call a halt till A level in my opinion and, instead of zeugma, has 'Zest, zap and zing
Working from The Golden Bowl, The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and works produced in the years surrounding World War I, he outlines elements of language which point to a queer perspective, including James's use of literal and figurative language; complex grammar such as zeugma and syllepsis, which can divert and invert meaning; unusual sytax; metacognition as a presentation device; and others.
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