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  1. loss or omission of the last letter, syllable, or part of a word.
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Origin of apocope

1585–95; < Late Latin < Greek apokopḗ a cutting off, equivalent to apokóp(tein) to cut off (apo- apo- + kóptein to cut) + noun suffix
Related formsap·o·cop·ic [ap-uh-kop-ik] /ˌæp əˈkɒp ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apocope

Historical Examples

  • Does not the final 'y' of 'tawny' suppose an apostrophe and apocope?

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)

    Frederic G. Kenyon

  • For it is easy to show that with regard to syncope, apocope, elision, and slurring they are treated quite in the same way.

  • You will understand that it has one, when I tell you that we have here a very curious case of apocope.


    Pierre Benoit

British Dictionary definitions for apocope


  1. omission of the final sound or sounds of a word
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Word Origin

C16: via Late Latin from Greek apokopē, from apokoptein to cut off
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