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holophrastic

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adjective ho·lo·phras·tic \ˌhō-lə-ˈfras-tik, ˌhä-\

Definition of holophrastic

  1. :  expressing a complex of ideas in a single word or in a fixed phrase



Origin of holophrastic

International Scientific Vocabulary hol- + -phrastic (from Greek phrazein to point out, declare)


First Known Use: 1860


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