Figure Name epizeugma
Source Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); Garrett Epp (1994) ("adjunctio," "epezeugmenon"); Ad Herennium ("adjunction") (322); Vinsauf (1967) ("adjunctio")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms epizeugmenon, adjunctio, epezeugmenon
Etymology from Gk. epi, "upon" and zeugma, "a yoking" ("joined at the top")
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. Placing the verb that holds together the entire sentence (made up of multiple parts that depend upon that verb) either at the very beginning or the very ending of that sentence. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. One verb controlling two clauses, positioned either (a) at the beginning of the first clause, or (b) at the end of the second clause. (Garrett Epp)

3. it is Adjunction when the verb holding the sentence together is placed not in the middle, but at the beginning or the end. (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)


1. epizeugma at the beginning:
"Fades beauty with disease or age" (Silva Rhetoricae)

1. epizeugma at the ending:
"Either with disease or age beauty fades" (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. (a) Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. (Lear 1.3 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

2. (b) Neither a borrower nor a lender be. (Lear 1.3 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

3. " Fades physical beauty with disease or age." (Ad Herennium)

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

4. (a) rent life asunder by dying, and death by rising again; (b) not by the life he first assumed, but by that same life resumed his own redeemed. (Vinsauf)

Kind Of Omission
Part Of zeugma
Related Figures syllepsis, ellipsis, parallelism, mesozeugma, synzeugma, diazeugma, hypozeuxis, prozeugma
Notes The expected syntax is disrupted by a missing subject or verb. Is it Omission or Repositioning?
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Nike Abbott
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