Definitions for: Zeugma


[n] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Zeug"ma, n. [L., from Gr. ?, fr. ? to yoke, join. See
Yoke.] (Gram.)
A figure by which an adjective or verb, which agrees with a
nearer word, is, by way of supplement, referred also to
another more remote; as, ``hic illius arma, hic currus
fuit;'' where fuit, which agrees directly with currus, is
referred also to arma.

See Also: figure, figure of speech, image, syllepsis, trope

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