One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mark (a word or passage) with an obelus to show that it is spurious, corrupt, or doubtful.‘this line is commonly obelized as interrupting the sequence of thought’
- ‘Graham's ‘obelizing’ makes for a poetry full of rhythmic complexity and moments of semantic uncertainty which are fundamental to the reader's experience of the poem.’
- ‘I obelize barbaros because there is no other record of birds called by this name.’
- ‘In twelve places Danese obelizes a word or line.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek obelizein, in the same sense.
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