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diacritic Syllabification: di·a·crit·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌdīəˈkridik/

Definition of diacritic in English:


A sign, such as an accent or cedilla, which when written above or below a letter indicates a difference in pronunciation from the same letter when unmarked or differently marked.
Example sentences
  • Admittedly a lot of those are basic Roman characters with diacritics but the exact positioning of the diacritic can be tricky - and it can sometimes modify the basic character shape.
  • Accuracy is thus particularly relevant when testing reading in a pointed orthography, which involves attention to both letters and diacritics in different linguistic contexts.
  • The other three vowels are represented by diacritics, which are super- or sub-scripted to the letters in a word.


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(Of a mark or sign) indicating a difference in pronunciation.
Example sentences
  • But it has now lost its appeal largely because a total of 136 syllables require additional phonetic signs or diacritic marks, making it a fairly cumbersome system for printing and typing.
  • They all contain numerous diacritic marks for which musical equivalents could be deduced.
  • Even pinyin using diacritic marks has problems.


Late 17th century: from Greek diakritikos, from diakrinein 'distinguish', from dia- 'through' + krinein 'to separate'.

Words that rhyme with diacritic

analytic, anchoritic, anthracitic, arthritic, bauxitic, calcitic, catalytic, critic, cryptanalytic, Cushitic, dendritic, dioritic, dolomitic, enclitic, eremitic, hermitic, lignitic, mephitic, paralytic, parasitic, psychoanalytic, pyritic, Sanskritic, saprophytic, Semitic, sybaritic, syenitic, syphilitic, troglodytic
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