One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The loss of a sound or sounds at the end of a word, e.g., in the derivation of curio from curiosity.
leaving out, exclusion, exception, non-inclusion, deletion, erasure, cut, excision, elimination, absenceView synonyms
- ‘Cross-linguistically, vowels that undergo apocope usually follow the stressed syllable; apocope in Greek, however, often appears to occur in vowels that precede accented syllables.’
- ‘He was employing a figure of speech, the apocope, which snips off the last part of a word.’
- ‘In these dialects many words end in a consonant but they cannot be seen as an apocope of an Italian word.’
- ‘The phrase joins two apocopes, a figure that kills the last part of a word.’
- ‘In literature apocope is confined to poetry, but in the prose inscriptions of the dialects it is frequent.’
Mid 16th century: from late Latin, from Greek apokoptein ‘cut off’, from apo- ‘from’ + koptein ‘to cut’.
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