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DIACRITIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diacritic mean? 

DIACRITIC (noun)
  The noun DIACRITIC has 1 sense:

1. a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation

  Familiarity information: DIACRITIC used as a noun is very rare.


DIACRITIC (adjective)
  The adjective DIACRITIC has 1 sense:

1. capable of distinguishing

  Familiarity information: DIACRITIC used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIACRITIC (noun)


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Meaning:

A mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

diacritic; diacritical mark

Hypernyms ("diacritic" is a kind of...):

mark (a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "diacritic"):

accent; accent mark (a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation)

breve (a diacritical mark (U-shaped) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound)

cedilla (a diacritical mark (,) placed below the letter c to indicate that it is pronounced as an s)

circumflex (a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality)

hacek; wedge (a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation)

macron (a diacritical mark (-) placed above a vowel to indicate a long sound)

tilde (a diacritical mark (~) placed over the letter n in Spanish to indicate a palatal nasal sound or over a vowel in Portuguese to indicate nasalization)

diaeresis; dieresis; umlaut (a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound)


DIACRITIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Capable of distinguishing

Synonyms:

diacritic; diacritical

Context examples:

students having superior diacritic powers / the diacritic elements in culture

Similar:

discriminating (showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste)


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