An Introduction to Hypozeuxis

Hypozeuxis (derives from the Greek combination “hypo “slightly” and zeugma “yoke”), is a rhetorical term in which every clause that make part of a sentence has its own verb. This is contrary to zeugmaOpens in new window.

Notable Examples of Hypozeuxis
  • The grass withered, the flower faded; but the word of our God shall stand forever.
  • The Republicans filibustered, the Democrats snored, and the independents complained.
  • “We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills.” (Winston Churchill)
Further Readings:
Matthew of Vendôme (1980); The art of versification. Translated by Aubrey E. Galyon, Iowa State University Press. p. 29.