semiquote

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Etymology[edit]

semi- +‎ quote

Noun[edit]

semiquote (plural semiquotes)

  1. A single quotation mark, ('). This is often used for a quote within a quote, as in "Tom said 'What?'"
  2. A punctuation mark to indicate that the text is a semi-quote, i.e. a close paraphrase that uses some of the author's original words.
  3. (informal) A partly paraphrased quotation.
    "A fanatic is someone who will not change his mind or the subject of discussion" is a semiquote of Winston Churchill.

Verb[edit]

semiquote (third-person singular simple present semiquotes, present participle semiquoting, simple past and past participle semiquoted)

  1. To make a close paraphrase of a quotation, using some of its words.

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