Figure Name synzeugma
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Garrett Epp (1994) ("conjunctio," "mezozeugma," "synzeugmenon"); Ad Herennium ("conjunction") (322); Vinsauf (1967) ("conjunctio"); De Mille (1882) ("synezeugmenon")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms conjunctio, mesozeugma, mezozeugma, synzeugmenon, synezeugmenon
Etymology None
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. That kind of zeugma in which a verb joins (and governs) two phrases by coming between them. A synonym for mesozeugma. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Placing in the middle of a construction a single verb which holds together the two parts. (Garrett Epp)

3. Conjunction occurs when both the previous and the succeeding phrases are held together by placing the verb between them. (Ad Herennium)

4. If a mode of expression both easy and adorned is desired, set aside all the techniques of the dignified style and have recourse to means that are simple, but of a simplicity that does not shock the ear by its rudeness. Here are the rhetorical colours with which to adorn your style: (Vinsauf)

8. A peculiar kind of accumulation is found where several phrases or thoughts are grouped together and referred by combination to the same word, each of which when used alone would require that word for itself. (De Mille)


1. Either with disease beauty fades or with time. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. The morning cometh, and also the night. (Isaiah 21.12 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

3. " Either with disease physical beauty fades, or with age." (Ad Herennium)

4. Lord of life and death as he was, death he rent asunder and life - (Vinsauf)

5. "Justice I have no before me, august and pure; where her favorite attitude is to stoop to the unfortunate, to hear their cry and to help them, to rescue and relieve, to succor and to save." -SHERIDAN. (De Mille)

Kind Of Repetition
Part Of
Related Figures diazeugma, mesozeugma, hypozeuxis, syllepsis, rhetorical figures of division, climax
Notes In regards to the example, the phrases "with disease" and "with time" are both governed and joined by "beauty fades". Unsure of 'type of'. Entered by Ashwini.
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Last Editor Samantha Price
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