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

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.

Nearby words

  1. parasympathetic nervous system,
  2. parasympatholytic,
  3. parasympathomimetic,
  4. parasynapsis,
  5. parasynovitis,
  6. parasyntheton,
  7. parasystole,
  8. parataniwha,
  9. parataxic,
  10. parataxic distortion

Origin of parasynthesis

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

Related formspar·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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for parasynthetic


/ (ˌpærəˈsɪnθɪsɪs) /


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 Formsparasynthetic (ˌpærəsɪnˈθɛtɪk), adjective

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