Daily Archives: September 26, 2007


Diazeugma (di-a-zoog’-ma): 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.

The extended heat wave overtaxed the power supply, made the outside air nearly unbreathable, and forced large numbers of people to seek relief in the air-conditioned shopping mall.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)