Hendiadys


Hendiadys (hen-di’-a-dis): Expressing a single idea by two nouns [joined by a conjunction] instead of a noun and its qualifier. A method of amplification that adds force.

I’m tired and beat to the ass. We’ve been driving three days nonstop. I don’t think our dog having puppies back home is that big a deal. We could’ve watched it on Skype and encouraged her. And how can your mother predict five days before that the puppies are on the way? Sounds sketchy to me. They are nutty and crazy and I wouldn’t put it past them to pull some weirdness just to get us to come home early. I need to pull over and rest, or why don’t you drive for awhile? We’re almost there.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text added by Gorgias.

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