Polysyndeton


Polysyndeton (pol-y-syn’-de-ton): Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm. (Asyndeton is the opposite of polysyndeton: an absence of conjunctions.)

The witnesses testified, and testified, and testified, and testified, and testified and clearly told the truth. The Republicans postured, and played at histrionics, and affected righteous indignation, and were rude to the American patriots who had come forward in service of our Republic.

The contrast was startling. What the Republicans did reflected what they believe their supporters wanted to hear and how they wanted to hear it: rude and accusatory monologues that didn’t really depend on witness testimony, but instead, on foregone conclusions constituting the party line. Their presence was a distraction and they knew it. They have poorly served the American people and should be put on the witness stand and asked why they said what they said, and why they said it the way they did. I think the truth is: To subvert justice.

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

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