fortition

[ fawr-tish-uh n ]
/ fɔrˈtɪʃ ən /

noun

Phonetics. a phonological process that strengthens consonant articulation at the beginnings of syllables, causing devoicing or the formation of stops.
Linguistics. a type of Celtic mutation that derives historically from phonological fortition.

Nearby words

  1. fortified wine,
  2. fortify,
  3. fortin barometer,
  4. fortis,
  5. fortissimo,
  6. fortitude,
  7. fortitudinous,
  8. fortnight,
  9. fortnightly,
  10. fortran

Origin of fortition

fort(is) + -ition, on the model of lenition

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