A hendiatris is a figure of speech in which 3 consecutive words express a central idea.
Examples of a hendiatris (pronounce it hen DIE a triss) include:
- “Be sincere, be brief, be seated.” [President Franklin Roosevelt’s advice for speakers.]
- “Citius, Altius, Fortius.” [Olympic motto meaning “Faster, higher, stronger]
- “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.” [French motto meaning “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”]
- “Veni, vidi, vici.” [Julius Caesar’s boast: “I came. I saw. I conquered.”]
- “Wine, women, and song.” [Anonymous]
Writing tip: Use a hendriatis to add pizzazz to your writing.
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