diacritical

adjective
di·​a·​crit·​i·​cal | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈkri-ti-kəl How to pronounce diacritical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly diacritic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈkri-​tik How to pronounce diacritic (audio) \

Definition of diacritical

1 : serving as a diacritic
2a : distinctive the diacritical elements in culture— S. F. Nadel
b : capable of distinguishing students of superior diacritical powers

Examples of diacritical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both systems can be supplemented with diacritical marks that modify pronunciation and meaning. The Economist, "The Inuit agree on a common writing system," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of diacritical

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diacritical

Greek diakritikos separative, from diakrinein to distinguish, from dia- + krinein to separate — more at certain

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“Diacritical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diacritical. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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