[awr-thoh-uh-pee, awr-thoh-ep-ee]


the study of correct pronunciation.
customary pronunciation (opposed to cacoepy).

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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Examples from the Web for orthoepy

Historical Examples of orthoepy

  • The following list is from Nares' Orthoepy, a work to which the reader is referred.

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • To mispronounce a word because it is misspelt is only indirectly an error of orthoepy.

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • It is so arranged as to teach orthography and orthoepy simultaneously.

    Lee's Last Campaign

    John C. Gorman

  • The orthography is according to Jack's orthoepy, for there are various spellings of the word.

    Gwen Wynn

    Mayne Reid

  • Many of the words in most books on orthoepy are very rarely mispronounced, and they serve only to cumber the work.

British Dictionary definitions for orthoepy



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

Word Origin for orthoepy

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