Meaning of polysyndeton in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpɒlɪˈsɪndɪt(ə)n/


  • The use of several conjunctions or, more usually, the same conjunction several times, in swift succession.


Old English; earliest use found in Byrhtferð of Ramsey (fl. c986–c1016), Benedictine monk and scholar. From post-classical Latin polysyndeton sentence using many conjunctions (or connecting particles) from Byzantine Greek πολυσύνδετον, use as noun of neuter of πολυσύνδετος (adjective) using many conjunctions or connecting particles from ancient Greek πολυ- + σύνδετος from συνδεῖν to bind together + -τος, suffix forming verbal adjectives.