- Also called diacritical mark. a mark, point, or sign added or attached to a letter or character to distinguish it from another of similar form, to give it a particular phonetic value, to indicate stress, etc., as a cedilla, tilde, circumflex, or macron.
Origin of diacritic
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Examples from the Web for diacritic
Errors in German phrases and the diacritic of "Lige" were not corrected.Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany
Edward Lyell Fox
A flat wick should be slightly rounded, the middle being the highest point, like this diacritic , not this one.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping
Elizabeth Hale Gilman
This script, with its diacritic marks, was scientifically evolved at the beginning of the nineteenth century.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
- Also called: diacritical mark a sign placed above or below a character or letter to indicate that it has a different phonetic value, is stressed, or for some other reason
- another word for diacritical
C17: from Greek diakritikos serving to distinguish, from diakrinein, from dia- + krinein to separate
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Word Origin and History for diacritic
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- Diagnostic or distinctive.
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