Definition of asyndeton in English:



  • [mass noun] The omission or absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence, as in I came, I saw, I conquered.

    [count noun] ‘syntactically unmarked but semantically connected asyndeta’
    • ‘One particular quirk of syntax occurs remarkably often in both poems: duplication of a monosyllabic word with asyndeton, within a line.’
    • ‘The absence of run-on, the asyndeton of folk poetry may bear some relationship to Joyce's inability to develop a running line, the non-discursive quality of his writing.’
    • ‘Generally, asyndeton offers the feeling of speed and concision to lists and phrases and clauses, but occasionally the effect cannot be so easily categorized.’
    • ‘In the realm of liturgical language, however, the tendency toward asyndeton is particularly problematic.’
    • ‘He is an innovator and experimenter; he is fond of antithesis, poetic vocabulary, the use of participles, and occasionally extreme asyndeton.’
    leaving out, exclusion, exception, non-inclusion, deletion, erasure, cut, excision, elimination, absence
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Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek asundeton, neuter of asundetos unconnected, from a- not + sundetos bound together.