apostrophe

See also: Apostrophe and apostrophé

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From French apostrophe, or Latin apostrophus, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστροφος (apóstrophos, accent of elision), a noun use of an adjective from ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō, I turn away), from ἀπό (apó, away from) + στρέφω (stréphō, to turn).

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NounEdit

apostrophe (plural apostrophes)

  1. (orthography) The text character , which serves as a punctuation mark in various languages and as a diacritical mark in certain rare contexts.
    • 2021, Claire Cock-Starkey, Hyphens & Hashtags, Bodleian Library, page 30:
      Since its inception the apostrophe has been a controversial piece of punctuation.
Usage notesEdit

In English, the apostrophe is used to mark the possessive (e.g., “my friend’s wife”), and to show the omission of letters (e.g., “my friend’s angry”) or of numbers (e.g., "during the 1960s and ’70s").

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Etymology 2Edit

From Latin apostrophe, from Ancient Greek ἀποστροφή (apostrophḗ), from ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō, I turn away), from ἀπό (apó) + στρέφω (stréphō, I turn).

NounEdit

apostrophe (countable and uncountable, plural apostrophes)

  1. (rhetoric) A sudden exclamatory piece of dialogue addressed to someone or something, especially absent.
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, [], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511, page 28:
      Apostrophe a bold digression makes,
      Mov'd by some sudden thought the theme awakes.
      ]
    • 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 2, page 139:
      The warm apostrophe of Riccardini to this little representative of his parents, whom he called "the son of his love, the child of his old age, the gift of his beloved niece, on the behalf of his angel-daughter," affected them all;...
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin apostrophus, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστροφος (apóstrophos, accent of elision), a noun use of an adjective from ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō, I turn away).

NounEdit

apostrophe f (plural apostrophes)

  1. (orthography) apostrophe

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Latin apostrophus, from Ancient Greek ἀποστροφή (apostrophḗ), from ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō, I turn away), from ἀπό (apó) + στρέφω (stréphō, I turn).

NounEdit

apostrophe f (plural apostrophes)

  1. (rhetoric) apostrophe
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Etymology 3Edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

VerbEdit

apostrophe

  1. inflection of apostropher:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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