An Introduction to Syntheton

Syntheton (derives from Greek combination ‘syn,’ “together” and ‘tithenai,’ “to place”), is a figure which consists by presenting two or more distinct ideas as a coordinated set.

This involves using the conjunction ‘and’ to put together two words entirely different in sense.

See for example:
  • “God and Man,”
  • “Bread and Wine.”

Bringing two distinct ideas together adds with it a kind of emphasis. Syntheton is the opposite of Hendiadys in that syntheton is a combination of words as “God and man,” where as HendiadysOpens in new window is where two words are used but one is meant.

Further Readings:
Silva Rhetoricae, Figures | SynthetonOpens in new window