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apostrophe

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noun apos·tro·phe \ə-ˈpäs-trə-(ˌ)fē\

Definition of apostrophe

  1. :  the addressing of a usually absent person or a usually personified thing rhetorically <Carlyle's “O Liberty, what things are done in thy name!” is an example of apostrophe>

ap·os·troph·icplay \ˌa-pə-ˈsträ-fik\ adjective


Origin of apostrophe

Latin, from Greek apostrophē, literally, act of turning away, from apostrephein to turn away, from apo- + strephein to turn


First Known Use: 1533

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apostrophe

noun apos·tro·phe

Definition of apostrophe

  1. :  a mark ' used to indicate the omission of letters or figures, the possessive case, or the plural of letters or figures

apostrophic adjective


Origin of apostrophe

French & Late Latin; French, from Late Latin apostrophus, from Greek apostrophos, from apostrophos turned away, from apostrephein


First Known Use: 1727

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