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Polysyndeton Definition

The repetition of conjunctions (in close proximity)  e.g. 'and' in The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll by Bob Dylan.

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[n] using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in `he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')

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rhetorical device

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\Pol`y*syn"de*ton\, n. [NL., from Gr. poly`s many + ? bound together, fr. ? to bind together; ? with + ? to bind.] (Rhet.) A figure by which the conjunction is often repeated, as in the sentence, ``We have ships and men and money and stores.'' Opposed to {asyndeton}.

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