Definition of elision in English:

elision

Syllabification: e·li·sion
Pronunciation: /iˈliZHən
 
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noun

  • 1The omission of a sound or syllable when speaking (as in I’m, let’s, e'en).
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    • Still others prefer a middle option that keeps the apostrophe for omission and elision but drops it for plurality and possession.
    • Aside from occasionally adopting hubby Elvis Costello's cute little habit of syllabic elision, The Girl is character-free.
    • Similar to the Raskind and Higgins study, the present research also found significant increases in phonological awareness (i.e., phonological elision and nonword reading).
  • 1.1An omission of a passage in a book, speech, or film: the movie’s elisions and distortions have been carefully thought out
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    • But the eighty-four-minute film's more crucial faults are really its elisions and omissions, among them its failure to flesh out its distinctive characters.
    • Such forms lead to distortions, exclusions, elisions and the establishment of hegemonies.
    • This is such an obvious elision that one's instinct is to read the passage again and look for a misprint, or a set of scare quotes - but, no, it is written as intended.
  • 1.2The process of joining together or merging things, especially abstract ideas: unease at the elision of so many vital questions
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    • Across Europe, among the sceptics and the doubters and the out-and-out protesters, a pernicious process of elision is taking place.
    • However, this involves compaction and an elision; the self processes memory selectively.
    • The elision of two relatively stable and legitimate discourses of the idea of ‘capital’ and ‘emotional intelligence’ is a clever rhetorical move.

Origin

late 16th century: from late Latin elision-, from Latin elidere 'crush out' (see elide).

Usage

See elide (usage).

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