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[awr-thoh-uh-pee, awr-thoh-ep-ee]
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  1. the study of correct pronunciation.
  2. customary pronunciation (opposed to cacoepy).
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Also Older Spelling, or·tho·ë·py.

Origin of orthoepy

1660–70; < Greek orthoépeia correctness of diction, equivalent to ortho- ortho- + epe- (stem of épos) word + -ia -y3
Related formsor·tho·ep·ic [awr-thoh-ep-ik] /ˌɔr θoʊˈɛp ɪk/, or·tho·ep·i·cal, adjectiveor·tho·e·pist, nounor·tho·e·pis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for orthoepist


  1. the study of correct or standard pronunciation
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Derived Formsorthoepic (ˌɔːθəʊˈɛpɪk), adjectiveorthoepically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Greek orthoepeia, from ortho- straight + epos word
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