Definition of diacritic in English:

diacritic

Syllabification: di·a·crit·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌdīəˈkritik
 
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noun

  • 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.
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    • 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.

adjective

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  • (Of a mark or sign) indicating a difference in pronunciation.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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