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asyndeton (uh-SIN-di-ton, -tuhn) noun
The omission of conjunctions, as in "I came, I saw, I conquered."
[From Late Latin, from Greek, from neuter of asyndetos, not linked, from a-
+ syndetos, bound together, from syndein, to bind together, from syn- + dein to bind.]
"The unwillingness to waste words shows up in the address's telegraphic quality--the omission of coupling words, a technique rhetoricians call asyndeton. Triple phrases sound as to a drumbeat, with no `and' or `but'
to slow their insistency: `We are engaged... We are met... We have come...'"
The Words That Remade America: Lincoln at Gettysburg, The Atlantic(Boston), Jun 1992.
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