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Anagram Definition

The transposition of letters from a word or phrase to form a new word or phrase. All schoolboys know that T.S.Eliot = toilets.


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[n] a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase
[v] read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning


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antigram, read, word

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\An"a*gram\, n. [F. anagramme, LL. anagramma, fr. Gr. ? back, again + ? to write. See {Graphic}.] Literally, the letters of a word read backwards, but in its usual wider sense, the change or one word or phrase into another by the transposition of its letters. Thus Galenus becomes angelus; William Noy (attorney-general to Charles I., and a laborious man) may be turned into I moyl in law.
\An"a*gram\, v. t. To anagrammatize. Some of these anagramed his name, Benlowes, into Benevolus. --Warburton.

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