Definitions for: Syllepsis


[n] use of a word to govern two or more words though agreeing in number or case etc. with only one



Webster (1913) Definition: Syl*lep"sis, n. [L., fr. Gr. sy`llhpsis a taking
together, from ?. See syllable, n.]
1. (Rhet.) A figure of speech by which a word is used in a
literal and metaphorical sense at the same time.

2. (Gram.) The agreement of a verb or adjective with one,
rather than another, of two nouns, with either of which it
might agree in gender, number, etc.; as, rex et regina
beati.

See Also: zeugma

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