n.1.(Rhet.) A kind of parenthesis.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Is the inserted segment syntactically bound up with the main sentence, or semi-autonomous; are we dealing with strict parenthesis or parembole? But there is no doubt that Coover in Gerald's Party extends this inherent ambiguity of the parenthesis to a dizzying extent,u Often these parentheses are not even semantically, let alone syntactically, suited to the passages they irrupt into.