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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ζεῦγμα (zeûgma, yoking; a bond, a band), from ζεύγνυμι (zeúgnumi, to yoke; to join), from ζεῦγος (zeûgos, a yoke).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈzjuːɡ.mə/, /ˈzuːɡ.mə/
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NounEdit

zeugma (plural zeugmata or zeugmas)

Examples

We ate coffee and cake, for
We drank coffee and ate cake

  1. (rhetoric) The act of using a word, particularly an adjective or verb, to apply to more than one noun when its sense is appropriate to only one.
  2. (rhetoric) Syllepsis.
    • 1963 July, Fred Sommers, Types and Ontology, in The Philosophical Review, Volume LXXII, Bobbs-Merrill Reprint Series in Philosophy, page 343,
      The existence of zeugmas suggests the rule of transitivity. Zeugmas appear incorrect because they embody an allegedly univocal use of a term in a way which violated[sic] the rule of transitivity.
    • 2008, Amanda Holton, The Sources of Chaucer's Poetics, page 104,
      Thus I would describe 'He took his leave and the wrong umbrella' as zeugma, but not 'He took his hat and umbrella'.
      Zeugma is an important element in Chaucer's poetic technique, not because he uses it, but because he so regularly turns it down.

Usage notesEdit

Some writers distinguish between zeugma and syllepsis, while others do not.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ζεῦγμα (zeûgma, bond; yoking).

NounEdit

zeugma m (plural zeugmes)

  1. zeugma

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zeugma n (plural zeugmata or zeugma's, diminutive zeugmaatje n)

  1. zeugma

FrenchEdit

NounEdit

zeugma m (plural zeugmas)

  1. zeugma

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin zeugma, from Ancient Greek ζεῦγμα (zeûgma, bond; yoking).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡zɛu̯ɡ.ma/, [ˈd̪͡z̪ɛu̯ɡmä]
  • Hyphenation: zèug‧ma

NounEdit

zeugma m (plural zeugmi)

  1. (rhetoric) zeugma

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ζεῦγμα (zeûgma, bond; yoking).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zeugma n (genitive zeugmatis); third declension

  1. (Late Latin) zeugma

InflectionEdit

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative zeugma zeugmata
Genitive zeugmatis zeugmatum
Dative zeugmatī zeugmatibus
Accusative zeugma zeugmata
Ablative zeugmate zeugmatibus
Vocative zeugma zeugmata

ReferencesEdit

  • zeugma in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • zeugma in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • zeugma in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia
  • zeugma in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • zeugma in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • zeugma in Richard Stillwell et al., editor (1976) The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press

PortugueseEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Latin zeugma, from Ancient Greek ζεῦγμα (zeûgma, bond, yoking).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zeugma m (plural zeugmas)

  1. (rhetoric) zeugma

Derived termsEdit


Serbo-CroatianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /zeǔɡma/
  • Hyphenation: ze‧ug‧ma

NounEdit

zeùgma f (Cyrillic spelling зеу̀гма)

  1. zeugma

SpanishEdit

 
Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin zeugma, from Ancient Greek ζεῦγμα (zeûgma, bond, yoking).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

zeugma m (plural zeugmas)

  1. (rhetoric) zeugma

Derived termsEdit