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aphesis

play
noun, aph·e·sis \ˈa-fə-səs\

Definition of aphesis

plural aphesesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  aphaeresis consisting of the loss of a short unaccented vowel (as in lone for alone)

aphetic play \ə-ˈfe-tik\ adjective
aphetically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of aphesis

New Latin, from Greek, release, from aphienai to let go, from apo- + hienai to send — more at jet


First Known Use: 1880


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