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parasynthesis

Syllabification: par·a·syn·the·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈsinTHəsəs
 
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Definition of parasynthesis in English:

noun

Linguistics
A process by which a term is formed by adding a bound morpheme (e.g., -ed) to a combination of existing words (e.g., black-eyed from black eye(s) + -ed).

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek parasunthesis, from para- 'subsidiary' + synthesis.

Derivatives

parasynthetic

1
Pronunciation: /-sinˈTHetik/
adjective

parasynthetically

2
adverb

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