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/ əˈfɛt ɪk /


pertaining to or due to aphesis.


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Nearby words

apheliotropism, aphemia, apheresis, apheretic, aphesis, aphetic, aphid, aphid lion, aphides, aphidian, aphis

Origin of aphetic

1875–80; < Greek áphet(os) freed, discharged (aphe- (see aphesis) + -tos past participle suffix) + -ic
Related formsa·phet·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·a·phet·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aphetic

  • For limner we find in the 15th century lumner and luminour, which is aphetic for alluminour, or enlumineur.

    The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
  • The name Turney, well known in Nottingham, is from the town of Tournay, or is aphetic for attorney.

Word Origin and History for aphetic



1880, from aphesis (1880), coined by OED editor Sir James A.H. Murray (1837-1915) for "gradual and unintentional loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word" (as squire from esquire), from Greek aphienai "to let go, to send forth," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + hienai "to send" (see jet (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper