Diacritic 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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  • diacritical — index discriminating (distinguishing), distinctive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • diacritical — [dī΄ə krit′i kəl] adj. 1. serving to distinguish; distinguishing 2. able to distinguish diacritically adv …   English World dictionary

  • diacritical — also diacritic adjective Etymology: Greek diakritikos separative, from diakrinein to distinguish, from dia + krinein to separate more at certain Date: 1749 1. serving as a diacritic 2. a. distinctive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • diacritical — adj. serving as a diacritical mark; distinguishing, distinctive …   English contemporary dictionary

  • diacritical — diacritic ► NOUN ▪ a sign, such as an accent, written above or below a letter to indicate a difference in pronunciation from the same letter when unmarked. DERIVATIVES diacritical adjective. ORIGIN Greek diakritikos, from diakrinein distinguish …   English terms dictionary

  • diacritical — adj. & n. adj. distinguishing, distinctive. n. (in full diacritical mark or sign) = DIACRITIC …   Useful english dictionary

  • diacritical — diacritically, adv. /duy euh krit i keuhl/, adj. 1. serving to distinguish; distinctive. 2. capable of distinguishing. 3. Phonet. serving as a diacritic. [1740 50; DIACRITIC + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • diacritical — adjective a) Capable of distinguishing or of making a distinction. b) Of, pertaining to, or serving as a diacritic See Also: diacritic …   Wiktionary

  • diacritical — di·a·crit·i·cal …   English syllables

  • diacritical — di•a•crit•i•cal [[t]ˌdaɪ əˈkrɪt ɪ kəl[/t]] adj. 1) serving to distinguish; distinctive 2) capable of distinguishing 3) ling. phn serving as a diacritic • Etymology: 1740–50 di a•crit′i•cal•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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