[ par-uh-sin-thuh-sis ]

  1. the formation of a word by the addition of a derivational suffix to a phrase or compound, as of greathearted, which is great heart plus -ed.

  2. the formation of a word by the addition of both a prefix and a derivational suffix to a word or stem, as demoralize.

Origin of parasynthesis

First recorded in 1860–65; para-1 + synthesis

Other words from parasynthesis

  • par·a·syn·thet·ic [par-uh-sin-thet-ik], /ˌpær ə sɪnˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for parasynthesis


/ (ˌpærəˈsɪnθɪsɪs) /

  1. formation of words by means of compounding a phrase and adding an affix, as for example light-headed, which is light + head with the affix -ed

Derived forms of parasynthesis

  • parasynthetic (ˌpærəsɪnˈθɛtɪk), adjective

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