aph·​e·​sis ˈa-fə-səs How to pronounce aphesis (audio)
plural apheses ˈa-fə-ˌsēz How to pronounce aphesis (audio)
: aphaeresis consisting of the loss of a short unaccented vowel (as in lone for alone)
aphetic adjective
aphetically adverb

Word History


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

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aphesis was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Aphesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphesis. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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