eli·​sion | \ i-ˈli-zhən How to pronounce elision (audio) \

Definition of elision

1a : the use of a speech form that lacks a final or initial sound which a variant speech form has (such 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
2 : the act or an instance of omitting something : omission

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Examples of elision in a Sentence

unfortunately, when the book was condensed, some of the elisions rendered major plot developments incomprehensible
Recent Examples on the Web Respectful and attentive, stirring in their humanity, the pictures are also unsettling in their elision of the collective action and solidarity that are integral to protests. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, 18 Dec. 2021 Mannheim thought that the great danger in generational analysis was the elision of class as a factor in determining beliefs, attitudes, and experiences. The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Those records should be available to the public, the way that Lumen’s records of copyright takedowns in Google search are, unless that very availability defeats the purpose of the elision. Jonathan Zittrain, The Atlantic, 30 June 2021 In that pursuit, Clark crafts a response in proportion to the elision. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 The author points to the elision from beer as a white Germanophone preserve to the embodiment of the newly independent Namibian nation after 1990. Paul Nugent, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2021 The same mix of characters make up the Republican Party’s base, but mainstream political shorthand and narrative elision often obscure this fact. Katie Mcdonough, The New Republic, 11 Jan. 2021 But Faber’s tale of alpha-elision follows its own course. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 Would the elision of the difference between hating debt and hating Jews found in the shooter’s manifesto be present in the cultural impact of Ramsey’s teachings? Eve Ettinger, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of elision

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for elision

Late Latin elision-, elisio, from Latin elidere

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31 Dec 2021

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“Elision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elision. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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