Figure Name syntheton
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Macbeth (1876) ("combination"); Bullinger (1898) ("syntheton; or, combination")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms combination
Etymology Gr. sun "together" and tithenai "to place"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. When by convention two words are joined by a conjunction for emphasis. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Combination is another etymological figure for the first time discovered, when two or more words are joined into one, usually to produce a fantastic effect. (Macbeth)

3. A placing together of two Words by Usage... It is used of this Figure because two words are by common usage joined by a conjunction for the sake of emphasis, as when we say "time and tide," "end and aim," "rank and fortune." (Bullinger, 466)


1. Bread and wine.
God and man. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. It is Charles Lamb who tells us of a rollicking personage, whose manners were of the "How-do-ye-do-George-my-boy" sort of style. (Macbeth)

2. In New England they talk, with profound respect, of a "Go-to-meetin' coat." (Macbeth)

3. Gen. 18:27. -"Dust and ashes."
Ps. 115:13. -"Small and great."
Acts. 7:22. -Moses was "mighty in words and in deeds." (Bullinger, 466-467)

Kind Of
Part Of
Related Figures hendiadys, figures of etymology
Notes Entered by Ashwini.
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ioanna Malton
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes rm type of, not sure they apply
Reviewed No