Definition & Examples of Synonymia
Synonymia (“Putting together words of like signification”, derives from the Greek “syn,” – alike and “onoma,” – name), is a rhetorical device which consists in putting together words of like signification in one sentence.
The synonymia is a compilation of words or expressions implying all the same meaning, or conveying the same idea; as, the following examples:
This figure must be employed, when we are sensible that one single word cannot sufficiently express the dignity or greatness of the thought or expression. Nevertheless, great care must be taken to employ none but such words as embellish the discourse. For nothing can be more flat and and insipid than a long chain of synonymous words thrown in without any manner of necessity.