from Gk. parallelos “side-by-side”

 Similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses.


parallelism of words:
She tried to make her pastry fluffy, sweet, and delicate.

parallelism of phrases:
Singing a song or writing a poem is joyous.

parallelism of clauses:
Perch are inexpensive; cod are cheap; trout are abundant; but salmon are best.

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