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[dahy-uh-krit-i-kuh l]
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  1. serving to distinguish; distinctive.
  2. capable of distinguishing.
  3. Phonetics. serving as a diacritic.
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Origin of diacritical

First recorded in 1740–50; diacritic + -al1
Related formsdi·a·crit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for diacritical

Historical Examples

  • Diacritical marks have been avoided, with the exception of the macron.

    The Little Clay Cart

    (Attributed To) King Shudraka

  • Punctuation, diacritical and formatting markup have been normalized.

    Little Jeanne of France

    Madeline Brandeis

  • The following table gives the diacritical marks for the vowels.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton

  • Some apparent errors in the use of diacritical marks have been amended.

  • He also systematized and extended the use of diacritical points.

British Dictionary definitions for diacritical


  1. of or relating to a diacritic
  2. showing up a distinction
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Derived Formsdiacritically, adverb
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