Definition of Lenis

1. Adjective. (context: phonetics) weakly articulated (of a consonant), hence voiced; especially as compared to the others of a group of homorganic consonants. ¹



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Definition of Lenis

1. a speech sound pronounced with little or no aspiration [n LENES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lenis

lengthy
lenience
leniences
leniencies
leniency
lenient
leniently
lenients
lenified
lenifies
lenify
lenifying
leniment
leniments
leningradite
lenis (current term)
lenite
lenited
lenites
lenities
leniting
lenition
lenitions
lenitive
lenitively
lenitiveness
lenitives
lenitude
lenity
lenni-lenape

Literary usage of Lenis

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1. The German Language: Outlines of Its Development by Tobias Johann Casjen Diekhoff (1914)
"Fortis and lenis. Depending upon the energy with which the breath is forced from the lungs and upon the corresponding degree of tension with which the ..."

2. Principles of Greek Etymology by Georg Curtius (1886)
"We now come to the opposite case—that of (2) the spiritus asper where we should expect the lenis. The old grammarians describe the Attics as ..."

3. A Greek Grammar for the Use of High Schools & Universities by Philipp Buttmann (1839)
"1. With the letters are connected the two following signs, which are set over every vowel or diphthong at the beginning of a word, viz. _! Spiritus lenis ..."

4. Grammar of the Greek Language, for the Use of High Schools and Colleges by Raphael Kühner, Bela Bates Edwards (1844)
"... lenis, is indicated by the mark ' ; the latter, Spiritus Asper, by the mark '. Either mark may accompany the initial vowel of a word, ..."

5. Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources by James Wood (1899)
"... ignis : / lenis alit flam mas, grandior aura necat I— Fire is fed by the wind and extinguished by the wind : a gentle current fc^U it, too strong a one ..."

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