apostrophe

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See also: Apostrophe and apostrophé

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Etymology 1[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

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.
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In English, the apostrophe is used to mark the possessive (e.g. “my friend’s wife”) or to show the omission of letters or numbers (e.g. “my friend’s angry”). See Category:English terms spelled with '.

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Punctuation

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.
      ]
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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

apostrophe f (plural apostrophes)

  1. (orthography) apostrophe

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

apostrophe f (plural apostrophes)

  1. (rhetoric) apostrophe
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Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

apostrophe

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

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