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The repetition of conjunctions in close succession for rhetorical effect, as in the phrase here and there and everywhere.
[Late Greek polusundeton, from neuter of polusundetos, using many connectives : Greek polu-, poly- + Greek sundetos, bound together; see syndetic.]
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1. (Rhetoric) rhetoric the use of several conjunctions in close succession, esp where some might be omitted, as in he ran and jumped and laughed for joy
2. (Grammar) grammar Also called: syndesis a sentence containing more than two coordinate clauses
[C16: poly- + -syndeton, from Greek sundetos bound together]
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pol•y•syn•de•ton(ˌpɒl iˈsɪn dɪˌtɒn, -tən)
the use of a number of conjunctions in close succession.
[1580–90; < New Latin]
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The use of several conjunctions one after another to create an effect, as “smiling and waving and dancing up and down.”
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|Noun||1.||polysyndeton - using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in `he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')|
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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