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Examples of infix in a Sentence
a puzzling detail that had been infixed in the detective's mind for over a decade
a football coach celebrated for infixing in his players an all-consuming will to win
Synonym Discussion of infix
- implanted a love of reading in her students
- tried to inculcate in him high moral standards
- instill traditional values in your children
- inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology
- infixed a chronic cynicism
Definition of infix
Recent Examples of infix from the Web
The path of the infix is uncertain, but linguist Joshua Viau has found similar examples in 1960s radio broadcasts and early 1970s drug slang.
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What is an infix?
Like prefixes and suffixes, infixes are part of the general class of affixes ("sounds or letters attached to or inserted within a word to produce a derivative word or an inflectional form"). Infixes are relatively rare in English, but you can find them in the plural forms of some words. For example, cupful, spoonful, and passerby can be pluralized as cupsful, spoonsful, and passersby, using "s" as an infix. Another example is the insertion of an (often offensive) intensifier into a word, as in fan-freakin'-tastic. Such whole-word insertions are sometimes called infixes, though this phenomenon is more traditionally known as tmesis.
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