Diacritic meaning

dīə-krĭtĭk
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Diacritical.
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Diagnostic or distinctive.
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Diacritical.
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A mark, such as the cedilla of façade or the acute accent of résumé, added to a letter to indicate a special phonetic value or distinguish words that are otherwise graphically identical.
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Diagnostic or distinctive.
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A mark, such as the cedilla of façade or the acute accent of résumé, added to a letter to indicate a special phonetic value or distinguish words that are otherwise graphically identical.
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A diacritical mark.
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Diagnostic or distinctive.
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A small mark added to a letter that changes its pronunciation, such as an acute accent (á), a grave accent (à) and a cedilla (ç).
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(orthography, not comparable) Denoting a distinguishing mark applied to a letter or character.
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A special mark added to a letter to indicate a different pronunciation, stress, tone, or meaning.
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Origin of diacritic

  • Greek diakritikos distinguishing from diakritos distinguished from diakrīnein to distinguish dia- apart dia– krīnein to separate krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Greek diakritikos distinguishing from diakritos distinguished from diakrīnein to distinguish dia- apart dia– krīnein to separate krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek διακριτικός (diakritikos, “distinguishing, separative”), from διακρίνειν (diakrinein, “to distinguish, separate”), from διά (dia, “between”) + κρίνω (krinō, “I separate, distinguish”).

    From Wiktionary