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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.
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]
a•syn•de•ton(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.
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