Definition of obelize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäbəˌlīz/


[with object]
Mark (a word or passage) with an obelus to show that it is spurious, corrupt, or doubtful.
Example sentences
  • Graham's ‘obelizing’ makes for a poetry full of rhythmic complexity and moments of semantic uncertainty which are fundamental to the reader's experience of the poem.
  • I obelize barbaros because there is no other record of birds called by this name.
  • In twelve places Danese obelizes a word or line.


Mid 17th century: from Greek obelizein, in the same sense.

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Syllabification: ob·e·lize

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