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Meaning of DIACRITIC

Pronunciation:  `dIu'kritik

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

DIACRITIC is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: diacritical, diacritical mark, discriminating
 See Also: accent, accent mark, breve, cedilla, circumflex, diaeresis, dieresis, hacek, macron, mark, tilde, umlaut, wedge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.