EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the interpolation of one or more words between the parts of a compound word, as be thou ware for beware. Origin of tmesis 1580–90;
Late Latin tmēsis
a cutting, equivalent to
(variant stem of
to cut) +
-sis -sis Related forms tmet·ic , [t uh- met-ik] /təˈmɛt ɪk/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for tmesis Historical Examples of tmesis
Or he might by
tmesis, more liberally used, have further widened the field for its employment.
His abstinence from inflexion absolutely, and from
tmesis almost entirely, in the use of , I think deserves remark.
Perhaps we might read ἐπὶ δὲ γᾶς πεδιοπλοκτύπου ὠσὶν χρίμπι βοὰ, by
tmesis, for ἐπιχρίμπτεται.
Sometimes he indulges in
tmesis which reminds us of Ennius: inque pediri, disque supata, ordia prima. British Dictionary definitions for tmesis noun interpolation of a word or group of words between the parts of a compound word Word Origin for tmesis
C16: via Latin from Greek, literally: a cutting, from
temnein to cut
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Word Origin and History for tmesis
1570s, from Greek
tmesis "a cutting," related to temnein "to cut," tome "a cutting" (see tome). The separation of the elements of a compound word by the interposition of another word or words (e.g. a whole nother).
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