Zeugma Examples


Zeugma is a figure of speech in which one verb or adjective is used for two or more nouns. This is often done effectively and can lend to the rhythm and cadence of the writing.

Examples of Zeugma:

1. I have lost my keys and my mind.

2. You are beautiful both inside and out.

3. The meal and the company were delicious.

4. Your paper and the presentation were delightful.

5. Beautiful were the sky and the sea.

Examples of Zeugma from Literature and Speech

1. "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears." Julius Caesar

2. "He carried a strobe light and the responsibility for the lives of his men." The Things They Carried

3. Talking of Mr. Radley: "He also lost most of his teeth, hair, and the right forefinger." To Kill a Mockingbird

4. "Your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others, made me realize that you were the last main in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry." Pride and Prejudice

5. "You are free to execute your laws, and your citizens, as you see fit." Star Trek: The Next Generation

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