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apostrophize

[uh-pos-truh-fahyz]Rhetoric
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verb (used with object), a·pos·tro·phized, a·pos·tro·phiz·ing.
  1. to address by apostrophe.
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verb (used without object), a·pos·tro·phized, a·pos·tro·phiz·ing.
  1. to utter an apostrophe.
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Also especially British, a·pos·tro·phise.

Origin of apostrophize

First recorded in 1605–15; apostrophe2 + -ize
Related formsun·a·pos·tro·phized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apostrophize

Historical Examples

  • With thoughts like these, however un-novel, I apostrophize 'My Boy:'

    The Knickerbocker, Vol. 10, No. 5, November 1837

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  • So vivid was this impression, that it impelled him to apostrophize the statue.

  • Frequently as I walked along did I apostrophize myself in terms of the highest approbation.

  • Often he would take this picture out and apostrophize it, just as he would the uncut gems that he always carried in his pockets.

  • He worshiped what he called thoughts, would rave about a thought in the abstract, apostrophize an uncaught idea.

    Home Again

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for apostrophize

apostrophize

apostrophise

verb
  1. (tr) rhetoric to address an apostrophe to
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