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Aphesis Definition

The loss of letters or syllables at the start of a word. Opposite of apocope.

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[n] the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire'

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deletion, omission

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\Aph"e*sis\, n. [Gr. ? a letting go; ? + ? to let go.] The loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word; -- the result of a phonetic process; as, squire for esquire. --New Eng. Dict.

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