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apocope Syllabification: a·poc·o·pe
Pronunciation: /əˈpäkəpē/

Definition of apocope in English:


The loss of a sound or sounds at the end of a word, e.g., in the derivation of curio from curiosity.
Example sentences
  • In these dialects many words end in a consonant but they cannot be seen as an apocope of an Italian word.
  • In literature apocope is confined to poetry, but in the prose inscriptions of the dialects it is frequent.
  • 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.


Mid 16th century: from late Latin, from Greek apokoptein 'cut off', from apo- 'from' + koptein 'to cut'.

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