abscission

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin abscissiō, from abscindō (I cut, I tear).

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɪ.ʃn̩/, /æbˈsɪ.ʒn̩/

NounEdit

Examples (rhetoric)

He is a man of so much honor and candor, and of such generosity -- but I need say no more.

abscission (plural abscissions)

  1. The act or process of cutting off.
    • 1859, Jeremy Taylor, The sermons of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor: Complete in one volume, page 286:
      Not to be cured without the abscission of a member.
  2. (obsolete) The state of being cut off. [Attested only in the mid 17th century.]
  3. (rhetoric) A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly
  4. (botany) The natural separation of a part at a predetermined location, such as a leaf at the base of the petiole. [First attested in the late 19th century.]

Usage notesEdit

Not to be confused with abscision, which only is defined as the first sense.

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abscission f (plural abscissions)

  1. (botany) abscission
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