Definition for SYL-LEP'SIS

SYL-LEP'SIS, n. [Gr. συλληψις. See Syllable.]

  1. In grammar, a figure by which we conceive the sense of words otherwise than the words import, and construe them according to the intention of the author; otherwise called substitution.
  2. The agreement of a verb or adjective, not with the word next to it, but with the most worthy in the sentence; as, rex et regina beati.

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