noun \i-ˈli-zhən\

Definition of ELISION

a :  the use of a speech form that lacks a final or initial sound which a variant speech form has (as 's instead of is in there's)
b :  the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable in a verse to achieve a uniform metrical pattern
:  the act or an instance of omitting something :  omission

Examples of ELISION

  1. <unfortunately, when the book was condensed, some of the elisions rendered major plot developments incomprehensible>

Origin of ELISION

Late Latin elision-, elisio, from Latin elidere
First Known Use: 1581

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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