noun syl·la·bism \ˈsiləˌbizəm\

Definition of syllabism



  1. 1 :  the use or development of syllabic characters a polysyllabic language did not lend itself so readily as the Chinese monosyllabic to syllabism — Edward Clodd

  2. 2 :  syllabication

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Origin and Etymology of syllabism

International Scientific Vocabulary syllab- (from Latin syllaba syllable) + -ism

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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