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Diacritic Definition

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Other Diacritic Definition

[n] a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
[adj] capable of distinguishing; "students having superior diacritic powers"; "the diacritic elements in culture"- S.F.Nadel

Misc. Definitions

\Di`a*crit"ic\, Diacritical \Di`a*crit"ic*al\, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to separate, distinguish; dia` through + ? to separate. See {Critic}.] That separates or distinguishes; -- applied to points or marks used to distinguish letters of similar form, or different sounds of the same letter, as, [=a], [a^], ["a], [=o], [o^], etc. ``Diacritical points.'' --Sir W. Jones. A glance at this typography will reveal great difficulties, which diacritical marks necessarily throw in the way of both printer and writer. --A. J. Ellis.

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