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diacritic

[ dahy-uh-krit-ik ]

noun

  1. 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.


diacritic

/ ˌdaɪəˈkrɪtɪk /

noun

  1. Also calleddiacritical 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


adjective

  1. another word for diacritical
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Word History and Origins

Origin of diacritic1

First recorded in 1670–80; from Greek diakritikós “able to distinguish, distinguishing,” equivalent to dia- dia- + kritikós; critic
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Word History and Origins

Origin of diacritic1

C17: from Greek diakritikos serving to distinguish, from diakrinein, from dia- + krinein to separate
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Example Sentences

A flat wick should be slightly rounded, the middle being the highest point, like this diacritic , not this one.

This script, with its diacritic marks, was scientifically evolved at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Errors in German phrases and the diacritic of "Lige" were not corrected.

Please note that the original diacritic mark, believed to be a short up tack, is unable to be represented in html.

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