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.
I couldn’t make it to lunch today because I forgot about the luncheon, wasn’t hungry enough to eat lunch, and wasn’t ready to meet.
Let’s reschedule for next week. I promise I’ll make it!
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Definition courtesy of Silva Rhetoricae (rhetoric.byu.edu)
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