noun ec·thlip·sis \ekˈthlipsə̇s\

Definition of ecthlipsis




Latin prosody

  1. :  the elision of a final m with a preceding short vowel before a word beginning with h or a vowel

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Origin and Etymology of ecthlipsis

Late Latin, from Greek ekthlipsis loss of a sound or letter in a word, squeezing out, from ekthlibein to squeeze out (from ek out of, out—from ex— + thlibein to squeeze, alteration—influenced by Greek thlan to crush, bruise—of Greek—Aeolic & Ionic—phlibein to squeeze) + -sis; Greek thlan akin to Czech dlasmati to press and perhaps to Sanskrit dṛṣad, dhṛṣad millstone — more at ex-, profligate

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to criticize severely

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