Definition of asyndeton in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsɪndɪt(ə)n/

noun (plural asyndeta /əˈsɪndɪtə/)

[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
More example sentences
  • One particular quirk of syntax occurs remarkably often in both poems: duplication of a monosyllabic word with asyndeton, within a line.
  • He is an innovator and experimenter; he is fond of antithesis, poetic vocabulary, the use of participles, and occasionally extreme asyndeton.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /asɪnˈdɛtɪk/
Example sentences
  • My guess was that he understood ‘inside out’ as ‘both inside and out’ (asyndetic conjunction) instead of as ‘having the inside out’, and simply restored the conjunction.
  • On this count, Edmund Miller remarked that Prynne's use of the device of asyndetic listing confers ‘a breathless urgency to Prynne's poetry that is exactly appropriate to his theme.’
  • Instead, the asyndetic form of these texts promotes the opacity and disorientation of modularity.


Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek asundeton, neuter of asundetos 'unconnected', from a- 'not' + sundetos 'bound together'.

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Line breaks: asyn|deton

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