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sigmatism

[sig-muh-tiz-uh m]
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noun
  1. defective pronunciation of sibilant sounds.

Origin of sigmatism

1885–90; < Greek sigmat-, stem of sígma sigma + -ism
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Examples from the Web for sigmatism

Historical Examples

  • Sigmatism and parasigmatism and paralambdacism are strongly marked.

    The Mind of the Child, Part II

    W. Preyer


Word Origin and History for sigmatism

n.

1888, "difficulty in pronouncing 'S,'" from comb. form of sigma + -ism. As "use or recurrence of 'S'" from 1889.

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