Definition of syllepsis in English:

syllepsis

noun

  • 1A figure of speech in which a word is applied to two others of which it grammatically suits only one (e.g. neither they nor it is working).

    • ‘Probably the most common type, however, is syllepsis, where a word is understood differently in relation to two or more other words which it modifies or governs.’
    • ‘You were allowed to go right inside and just wander about until you got bored or asthma (I think that is syllepsis but I could be wrong).’
    • ‘Danny also noted that the term "syllepsis" may be more apt for certain items usually labeled zeugma.’
    • ‘More complex instances of authorial disruptions might be labeled narratological syllepses.’
    • ‘A strong syllepsis in French, ‘Mauvais Genres’ was the title of an exhibit and debate where ‘gore’ and horror film and literature were explored.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for zeugma

Origin

Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek sullēpsis ‘taking together’.

Pronunciation

syllepsis

/sɪˈlɛpsɪs/