heterography

[het-uh-rog-ruh-fee]
noun
  1. spelling different from that in current use.
  2. the use of the same letter or combination of letters to represent different sounds, as, in English, the use of s in sit and easy.

Origin of heterography

First recorded in 1775–85; hetero- + -graphy
Related formshet·er·o·graph·ic [het-er-uh-graf-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈgræf ɪk/, het·er·o·graph·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for heterography

Historical Examples of heterography

  • I corrected his heterography; and we confounded the tricks of the evil ones.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore


British Dictionary definitions for heterography

heterography

noun
  1. the phenomenon of different letters or sequences of letters representing the same sound in different words, as for example -ight and -ite in blight and bite
  2. any writing system in which this phenomenon occurs
Derived Formsheterographic (ˌhɛtərəʊˈɡræfɪk) or heterographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for heterography
n.

"incorrect spelling," 1783; see hetero- + -graphy. Also "inconsistent but current spellings within a language" (as English, in all ages), 1847.

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