Definition of Aphesis

1. Noun. The gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in 'squire' for 'esquire'.

Generic synonyms: Deletion, Omission
Derivative terms: Aphetic



Definition of Aphesis

1. n. The loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word; -- the result of a phonetic process; as, squire for esquire.

Definition of Aphesis

1. Noun. (linguistics prosody) The loss of the initial unstressed vowel of a word. ¹

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Definition of Aphesis

1. the loss of an unstressed vowel from the beginning of a word [n -ESES] : APHETIC [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Aphesis

aphelias
aphelions
apheliotropic
apheliotropism
aphemesthesia
aphemia
aphemias
aphemic
aphenphosmphobia
aphephobia
aphereses
apheresis
apheretic
apheses
aphesis (current term)
apheta
aphetas
aphetic
aphetically
aphetise
aphetised
aphetises
aphetism
aphetisms
aphetize
aphetized
aphetizes
aphetizing
aphicide

Literary usage of Aphesis

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1. The Slave Systems of Greek and Roman Antiquity by William Linn Westermann (1984)
"Release (aphesis) is coming swiftly for me. ... For the substantive, aphesis, in its predicate form, ..."

2. Johannine Vocabulary: A Comparison of the Words of the Fourth Gospel with by Edwin Abbott Abbott (1905)
"3) "wherein debtors are freed from their debts and slaves are set at liberty " ; and he says that " the name denotes aphesis." Isaiah Ixi. i—2 connects ..."

3. The Real Christian by Simon Peter Jacobs (1899)
"Dr. Clarke stands by the root-meaning of the word aphesis, a freeing, dismissal, as in Luke 4: 18, Christ preaching [aphesis] "deliverance to the captives. ..."

4. Islamic Astronomical Tables by E. S. Kennedy (1956)
"The aphesis of Birth Indicators (Persian: ... The aphesis of the Anniversary (Persian: ... The aphesis of the Anniversary Centers ..."

5. Neudrucke frühneuenglischer Grammatiken edited by Rudolf Brotanek (1907)
"Jones gives a great number of examples which would seem to belong to the categories of aphesis and aphaeresis. But these examples are of very different ..."

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