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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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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]
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(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.
as`yn•det′i•cal•ly, adv.
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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
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Noun1.asyndeton - the omission of conjunctions where they would normally be used
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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Tolkien, to get around this problem, often incorporated rhetorical devices such as causal parataxis and adversative asyndeton to suggest grammatical relationships without the requirement of an additional, meter-busting dip.
In some instances, the narrator accelerates syntactic cadence through asyndeton, as in "we lift the cup, shake the hand, express the hope" and "know, share, be certain." More characteristic than asyndeton's accelerations is the narrator's reliance on polysyndeton.
Asyndeton is the scheme for leaving out connecting words.
/ The linking of nouns or noun phrases through asyndeton ("mountaineer friend, chess, tarot cards, study -two, and so on,") in the midst of the rest in this placid and purely shaky style, is not only an imitation, but a false note.
For instance, cyclical textures are binary, proximate, physical, and iconic, and the text obliges by giving us an iconic, flower-like swaying in the many paired words and phrases in the poem, some of which are juxtaposed by asyndeton (e.g., "tied, released") to thicken the physical and iconic structuring even further.
(1) These include examples of alliteration, anaphora and asyndeton. Another important factor in the translation was my decision to translate Truth's speech both in language and in context.
acknowledged by Morales 2001, xxii, who adds apheleia and asyndeton to
Chapter 3: Coordinating Conjunctions, gapping, and asyndeton
He contends that for Browning, like Hopkins, Shakespeare resonates most not in direct allusions to the plays, but rather in the language of the poetry itself, particularly in rhetorical figures such as asyndeton (the dropping of connectives) and hendiadys (Chapter 12, "Oracle Meets Wit").