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syl·lep·sis

 (sĭ-lĕp′sĭs)
n. pl. syl·lep·ses (-sēz)
A verbal construction in which a word governs two or more other words but agrees in number, gender, or case with only one, or has a different meaning when applied to each of the words, as in He lost his coat and his temper.

[Late Latin syllēpsis, from Greek sullēpsis : sun-, syn- + lēpsis, a taking (from lambanein, to take).]

syl·lep′tic (-lĕp′tĭk) adj.
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syllepsis

(sɪˈlɛpsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
1. (Grammar) (in grammar or rhetoric) the use of a single sentence construction in which a verb, adjective, etc is made to cover two syntactical functions, as the verb form have in she and they have promised to come
2. (Rhetoric) (in grammar or rhetoric) the use of a single sentence construction in which a verb, adjective, etc is made to cover two syntactical functions, as the verb form have in she and they have promised to come
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) another word for zeugma
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek sullēpsis, from sul- syn- + lēpsis a taking, from lambanein to take]
sylˈleptic, sylˈleptical adj
sylˈleptically adv
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syl•lep•sis

(sɪˈlɛp sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, esp. to modify or govern two or more words of which at least one does not agree in number, case, or gender, as the use of are in Neither he nor we are willing.
[1570–80; < Medieval Latin syllēpsis < Greek sýllēpsis literally, taking together < syllambánein (see syllable)]
syl•lep′tic (-tɪk) adj.
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syllepsis

the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, especially to apply to two or more words of which at least one does not agree in logic, number, case, or gender, as in Pope’s line “See Pan with flocks, with fruits Pomona crowned.” — sylleptic, sylleptical, adj.
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the use of a word with the same syntactic relation to two adjacent words, in a literal sense with one and a metaphorical sense with the other, as in “the ships collided, and the sailors and many dreams were drowned.” — sylleptic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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syllepsis

1. A construction in which a word applied to two other words really only matches one of them or matches each in different ways, such as in “She lost her umbrella and her way.”
2. Use of one word linked in different senses to two statements, usually used for its comic effect.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.syllepsis - use of a word to govern two or more words though agreeing in number or case etc. with only one
zeugma - use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one; "`Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave' is an example of zeugma"
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It has only a small margin in the case of syllepsis, recently analyzed by Stewart: syllepsis practically forces the reader not just to linger on a textual detail but to backtrack and reinterpret it--as when in The Pickwick Papers Miss Bolo goes home "in a flood of tears and in a sedan-chair" (see Stewart, "Ethical Tempo" 121-23).
Chandler's close readings of scenes, for example, from Sterne's Sentimental Journey, Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, and Griffith's 1909 film of Dickens's "The Cricket on the Hearth" (compared, of course, to Dickens's text), are unparalleled in their clarity and their exemplification of key sentimental-mode techniques such as "visual mutuality," "triangulated spectatorship," "dispersed subjectivity," as well as rhetorical tropes such as "hypallage" (exchange of cause for effect or vice-versa) and "syllepsis" (ambiguous slippage between the literal and the figurative).
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