Definition of obelize in English:


Line breaks: ob¦el|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈɒb(ə)lʌɪz
(also obelise)


[with object]
  • Mark (a word or passage) with an obelus to show that it is spurious, corrupt, or doubtful: this line is commonly obelized as interrupting the sequence of thought
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    • 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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