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parasynthesis

[ par-uh-sin-thuh-sis ]
/ ˌpær əˈsɪn θə sɪs /
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noun Grammar.

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

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for parasynthesis

parasynthesis
/ (ˌpærəˈsɪnθɪsɪs) /

noun

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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