Meaning of hendiadys in English:


Pronunciation /hɛnˈdʌɪədɪs/


mass nounGrammar
  • The expression of a single idea by two words connected with ‘and’, e.g. nice and warm, when one could be used to modify the other, as in nicely warm.

    ‘The lyrical grandeur of his language covers every known figure of speech from metaphor to simile, hyperbole to hendiadys.’
    • ‘The alignment of grace and truth is what we see at the end of the Prologue of the Fourth Gospel, and that, itself, I take as a Hebrew hendiadys.’
    • ‘That, in our submission, should be treated as an hendiadys.’


Late 16th century via medieval Latin from Greek hen dia duoin ‘one thing by two’.