Definition of lipogram in English:


Syllabification: lip·o·gram
Pronunciation: /ˈlipəˌɡram, ˈlī-


A composition from which the writer systematically omits a certain letter or certain letters of the alphabet.
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  • An example of their practice is the lipogram, which is a text from which one or more letters of the alphabet have been excluded.
  • The lipogram ‘to be or not to be, that's the problem’ has the requisite ten syllables but loses the force of the terrifying eleven-syllable original.
  • Ernest Vincent Wright accomplished the latter feat back in 1939 with his epic lipogram Gadsby, and it took him about five months, whereas I just caved instantly to my basest critical instincts.


early 18th century: back-formation from Greek lipogrammatos 'lacking a letter', from lip- (stem of leipein 'to leave (out)') + gramma 'letter'.



Pronunciation: /ˌlipōɡrəˈmatik, ˌlī-/
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  • The best known of these are Georges Perec's lipogrammatic La Disparition, composed without once using the letter e, and his Les Revenentes, which contains no vowels except e.

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