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antepenultimate

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EtymologyEdit

ante- meaning before, pen- from the Latin paene meaning almost, and ultimate from the Latin ultimus meaning last

AdjectiveEdit

antepenultimate (not comparable)

  1. Two before the last, i.e., the one immediately before the penultimate, in a series.
    This book has ten chapters — chapter 8 is the antepenultimate one.
    • 1677, Robert Plot, “Of the Heavens and Air”, in The natural history of Oxford-shire: Being an Essay Toward the Natural History of England[1], page 15:
      [] they [the sounds of an echo] next strike the ultimate secondary object, then the penultimate and antepenultimate; []

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NounEdit

antepenultimate (plural antepenultimates)

  1. Two before the last in a series. e.g. (..., antepenultimate, penultimate, ultimate)
  2. The syllable that comes two before the last in a word.
    The words animal, citizen, comedy, dangerous, obvious, and antepenultimate are stressed on the antepenultimate.

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