Figure Name diazeugma
Source Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); Garrett Epp (1994) ("disjunctio," "diazeugma"); Ad Herennium ("disjunction")(322); Ad Herennium 4.27.37 ("disiunctio"); Vinsauf (1967) ("disjunctio")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms disjunctio, disiunctio
Etymology None
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. The figure by which a single subject governs several verbs or verbal constructions (usually arranged in parallel fashion and expressing a similar idea); the opposite of zeugma. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Verbs positioned at the end of two or more clauses (often with the same subject). (Garrett Epp)

3. Disjunction is used when each of two or more
clauses ends with a special verb (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)

4. Figures of thought: There are other figures to adorn the meaning of the words. All of these I include in the following brief statement: when meaning is adorned, this is the standard procedure. ... ((5) disjunctio) Or again, disjunctio distinguishes alternatives, accompanying each with a reason, and bringing both to a conclusion. (Vinsauf)


1. The Romans destroyed Numantia, razed Carthage, obliterated Corinth, overthrew Fregellae. —Ad Herennium (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. And Thisbe, tarrying in mulberry shade,

His dagger drew, and died. (MND 5.1 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

3. " By the Roman people Numantia was destroyed, Carthage razed, Corinth demolished, Fregellae overthrown. Of no aid to the Numantines was bodily strength ; of no assistance to the Carthaginians was military science ; of no help to the Corinthians was polished cleverness ; of no avail to the Fregellans w as fellowship with us in customs and in language." (Ad Herennium)

3. "With disease physical beauty fades, with age it dies." (Ad Herennium)

4. For this reason, to dwell with us in true flesh God came; marked with the stain of our flesh he could not be; and at length those who were his in his own blood he washed. (Vinsauf)

4. ((5) disjunctio) His evils are two: the fraud of simony, the coldness of avarice. He embraces both the one and the other, and does not abhor them. (Vinsauf)

Kind Of Series
Part Of zeugma
Related Figures syllepsis, ellipsis, parallelism, epizeugma, synzeugma, mesozeugma, hypozeuxis, prozeugma
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Nike Abbott
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes Added "series" as type of.
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