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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.
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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').
The second sentence is what Fitzgerald (2014) called an 'asyndetic construction,' which realises causality not through an explicit marker (e.g.
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:
Onions's interpretation of alod in line 56 as the adjective 'wasted, dissipated, destroyed' (deriving its meaning from ON afloga 'worn out, useless' and its form from ON afloa 'weatherworn, worn thin') (2) seems to have gained general acceptance, (3) despite the fact that the word thus glossed is a hapax legomenon, (4) and that it entails an awkward ellipsis of the relative pronoun (an "asyndetic relative clause") and "the northern syntax of is":
However, as Ojutkangas' thesis investigated numerous asyndetic verbal expressions in different Finno-Ugric languages, it did not offer a detailed account of the syntactic properties of CC.
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.
OE fon is used as a fear-word in the asyndetic parataxis forht, afongen (i.e.