polysyndeton definition

  • noun:
    • The repetition of conjunctions in close succession for rhetorical result, like in the expression in some places and everywhere.
    • the employment of many conjunctions to accomplish an overwhelming impact in a sentence.
    • A figure by which the conjunction is often repeated, as in the sentence, “We have ships and men and money and stores.” Opposed to asyndeton.
    • In rhetoric, a figure consisting into the use of numerous conjunctions in close succession; introduction of the many members of a series of coördinate terms or conditions with conjunctions: in opposition to asyndeton.
    • making use of a few conjunctions in close succession, specifically where some might be omitted (as in `he ran and hopped and laughed for happiness')

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