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anagram

Line breaks: ana|gram
Pronunciation: /ˈanəɡram
 
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Definition of anagram in English:

noun

A word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as spar, formed from rasp.
Example sentences
  • I love the way sometimes the letters of an anagram rearrange themselves in my head with no effort, whereas sometimes I have to write them out in a circle to work it out.
  • The point of the task was to write down each object found and then rearrange the anagram into a word, which turned out to be the Gaisce Bronze Award.
  • Finally, Dominowski found that a single letter, regardless of its position in the solution word, did not facilitate solutions for 5-letter anagrams.

Origin

late 16th century: from French anagramme or modern Latin anagramma, from Greek ana- 'back, anew' + gramma 'letter'.

Derivatives

anagrammatic

1
Pronunciation: /-ɡrəˈmatɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • He would write using anagrammatic versions of his own name like Ogdred Weary or Dogear Wryde and he would draw eerie wonderlands and stately homes and would populate them with the strangest of people engaged in the cruellest of acts.
  • The dexterous, anagrammatic intelligence of Eyeshot, Heather McHugh's seventh collection, nearly overwhelms.
  • The anagrammatic variety are more clever than piercing, however.

anagrammatical

2
Pronunciation: /-ɡrəˈmatɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Her sensitivity to anagrammatical and typographical detail allows her to see ‘open’ in ‘persons,’ ‘in her’ in ‘inner,’ and, troublingly, ‘evil’ in ‘live’ (a word which she plays off her heroine's name).
  • So we made a joke of it, signing off his articles with pseudonyms ranging from the obvious Dario G to the anagrammatical Dan U. Arsedish.
  • In the battle of imaginary bad men, the hostilities between Satan and Santa are more or less an anagrammatical draw.

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