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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.


1. (Library Science & Bibliography) (of a catalogue or index) without cross references
2. (Linguistics) (of a linguistic construction) having no conjunction, as in I came, I saw, I conquered
ˌasynˈdetically adv
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Adj.1.asyndetic - lacking conjunctions
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
syndetic - connected by a conjunction
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Bauer presents a historical comparative analysis of nominal apposition--the asyndetic combining of two equivalent nouns--identifying its occurrence, functions, and grammatical characteristics in early Indo-European, and tracing its historical development in Latin-Romance.
74) For example, two triple asyndetic homoeoteleuta at Malchi 4,3 rapimur, dissipamur, in diuersa distrahimur ('we were snatched, scattered, dragged apart in all directions') and Malchi 7,1 erudierat, tenuerat, perdiderat ('he had taught me, kept me, and lost me').
An analysis of causal asyndetic constructions in United States history textbooks.
In this instance, we get the prototypical type of list from a syntactic point of view, namely an asyndetic conjoining of grammatically equivalent constituents, here main phrases.
However, the language does not display overt Arabic influence, with the possible exception of the asyndetic relative clause [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE EN ASCII] "the place we are traveling to"; see Stadel, Morphosyntax, [section] 40.
Indeed, 'Notebook 2' is a 'Rough Note Book', as Mansfield states on its front page, and its 'roughness' is signalled by the things and situations listed in her distinctive, swift, asyndetic entries:
The paratactic and asyndetic style of the enumeration may very well suggest a lack of hierarchy or even an "anything goes" attitude towards literary subject matter, but, at the same time, all seemingly random topics in the list reflect Eggers's taste for the absurd.
Stilo (2004:302) estimates that, although the Western Iranian language Gurchani has an adversative marker, this relation is left asyndetic by speakers in almost 90% of the relevant contexts.
10) On the need for such auxesis in this kind of asyndetic tricolon cf.
OE fon is used as a fear-word in the asyndetic parataxis forht, afongen (i.
This is a fortiori important when one considers that the title itself, with its asyndetic (and not much engaging) construction and its incomplete listing (it includes three of the four notions being discussed), does not reflect the complexity of the actual questions at stake, their underlying connections, and the purpose of the book as a whole.
In (16) there is an asyndetic sequence of to-infinitive structures although we can also find the absence of this structure easily retrieved from the context.