Origin of diacriticClassical Greek diakritikos from diakrinein, to distinguish from dia-, across + krinein, to discern: see crisis
- Medicine Diagnostic or distinctive.
Origin of diacriticGreek diakritikos distinguishing from diakritos distinguished from diakrīnein to distinguish dia- apart ; see dia- . krīnein to separate ; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more diacritic, superlative most diacritic)
From Ancient Greek διακριτικός (diakritikos, “distinguishing, separative”), from διακρίνειν (diakrinein, “to distinguish, separate”), from διά (dia, “between”) + κρίνω (krinō, “I separate, distinguish”).
diacritic - Computer Definition
A small mark added to a letter that changes its pronunciation, such as an acute accent (Ã¡), a grave accent (Ã ) and a cedilla (Ã§).