nounEtymology: Late Latin hendiadys, hendiadyoin, modification of Greek hen dia dyoin, literally, one through two Date: circa 1577 the expression of an idea by the use of usually two independent words connected by and (as nice and warm) instead of the usual combination of independent word and its modifier (as nicely warm)
Hendiadys Hen*di"a*dys, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? ? ? one by two.] (Gram.) A figure in which the idea is expressed by two nouns connected by and, instead of by a noun and limiting adjective; as, we drink from cups and gold, for golden cups.