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orthoepy Line breaks: ortho|epy
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːθəʊɛpi/
/ˈɔːθəʊiːpi/ /ɔːˈθəʊɪpi/

Definition of orthoepy in English:


[mass noun]
1The correct or accepted pronunciation of words.
Example sentences
  • The name of the organization created to further Basic, the Orthological Institute, echoes such terms as orthodoxy, orthography, and orthoepy.
  • Some letters and combinations of letters depend in their orthoepy upon the etymology of the word.
  • According to Herodian - the ancient authority on orthoepy - the word should be pronounced as proparoxytone.
1.1The study of correct or accepted pronunciation.
Example sentences
  • In addition to the subjects of Reading and Orthoepy, English. Grammar, English Literature, British History and Canadian History.
  • THE spoken word comes to the ear. It is a sound, and can be studied. The branch of knowledge that tells us all about it, is called orthoepy.


Pronunciation: /ɔːθəʊˈɛpɪk/
Example sentences
  • Axmatova’s pronunciation corresponds with the orthoepic norm to a lesser extent than Pasternak’s.
  • Good pronunciation is defined not as adherence to some strict orthoepic norm but as a range of variation that nonetheless permits "une communication".
Example sentences
  • Alexander Geddes was an eighteenth-century Scottish orthoepist and dialectologist.
  • In fact, pronunciation authorities can't even agree on the correct way to say orthoepist - which means ‘an authority on pronunciation’!


Mid 17th century: from Greek orthoepeia 'correct speech', from orthos 'right or straight' + epos, epe- 'word'.

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