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See also: semi-quote


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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. A phrase that is a close paraphrase that uses some of the authors original words. For instance: «A fanatic is someone who will not change his mind or the subject of discussion,» according to Winston Churchill. (Academic usage.)


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.