Figure Name prozeugma
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Mosellanus ("prozeugma" "praeiunctio") a4r; Susenbrotus (1540) 26; Peacham (1577) K2v; Putt. (1589) 176 ("prozeugma," "the ringleader") ; JG Smith (1665) ("protozeugma")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms protozeugma, antezeugmenon, proepizeuxis, injunctum, praeiunctio, ringleader, ante-yoke
Etymology None - No etymologies that I could find online; may require more digging! -Nike
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. A series of clauses in which the verb employed in the first is ellided (and thus implied) in the others. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Prozeugma the first kind, is a figure of speech which putteth some word in the first clause, and omitteth it in the other following. (Peacham)

3. Protozeugma, A joyning together in the beginning; a figure when the common word is expressed in the beginning of the clause or sentence, and omitted after: see in Zeugma.; Zeugma hath three kinds: viz.

(1) Protozeugma. which is when the Verb or Adjective is expressed in the beginning of the clause or sentence; and omitted after (JG Smith)


1. Her beauty pierced mine eye, her speech mine woeful heart, her presence all the powers of my discourse. (Puttenham qtd. in Silva Rhetoricae)

1. Vicit pudorem libido, timorem audacia, rationem amentia. (Cicero qtd. in Silva Rhetoricae
2. For neither art thou he Catiline, whom at any time shame could call back from dishonestie, either feare from perill, or reason from madnesse. (Cicero qtd. in Peacham)

Kind Of Omission
Part Of zeugma
Related Figures syllepsis, ellipsis, parallelism, hypozeugma, epizeugma, mesozeugma, synzeugma, diazeugma, hypozeuxis, figures of omission, figures of division
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Nike Abbott
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