Hypodiastole Definition


A textual mark, “”, used in Ancient Greek texts before the separation of words by spaces was commonplace, used with the hyphen (enotikon) to indicate how words should be read.


Origin of Hypodiastole

  • From Latin hypodiastolē, from Ancient Greek ὑποδιαστολή (hypodiastolḗ), from the combining form of Ancient Greek ὑπό (hypó) + Ancient Greek διαστολή (diastolē, “drawing asunder, separation, distinction”), from Ancient Greek διαστέλλειν (diastéllō, “put asunder, separate”), from the combining form of Ancient Greek διά (diá, “through, during”) + στέλλειν (stellein, “put in order, send for”).

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