What does parataxis mean?

Definitions for parataxisˌpær əˈtæk sɪs

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  1. parataxis(Noun)

    Speech or writing in which clauses or phrases are placed together without being separated by conjunctions, for example "I came; I saw; I conquered".

  2. parataxis(Noun)

    The juxtaposition of two images or fragments, usually starkly dissimilar, without a clear connection

  3. parataxis(Noun)

    In Greek political system: coalition, "partisan camp"

  4. Origin: From παράταξις, from παρα- + τάξις.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parataxis(noun)

    the mere ranging of propositions one after another, without indicating their connection or interdependence; -- opposed to syntax

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. a placing beside, fr. to place beside.]


  1. Parataxis

    Parataxis is a literary technique, in writing or speaking, that favors short, simple sentences, with the use of coordinating rather than subordinating conjunctions. It is also used to describe a technique in poetry in which two images or fragments, usually starkly dissimilar images or fragments, are juxtaposed without a clear connection. Readers are then left to make their own connections implied by the paratactic syntax. Ezra Pound, in his adaptation of Chinese and Japanese poetry, made the stark juxtaposition of images an important part of English language poetry.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parataxis

    par-a-tak′sis, n. (gram.) the arrangement of clauses or propositions without connectives. [Gr.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parataxis in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parataxis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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