Meaning of apocope in English:


Pronunciation /əˈpɒkəpi/


mass nounLinguistics
  • Omission of the final sound of a word, as when cup of tea is pronounced as cuppa tea.

    ‘In these dialects many words end in a consonant but they cannot be seen as an apocope of an Italian word.’
    • ‘In literature apocope is confined to poetry, but in the prose inscriptions of the dialects it is frequent.’
    • ‘Cross-linguistically, vowels that undergo apocope usually follow the stressed syllable; apocope in Greek, however, often appears to occur in vowels that precede accented syllables.’
    • ‘He was employing a figure of speech, the apocope, which snips off the last part of a word.’
    • ‘The phrase joins two apocopes, a figure that kills the last part of a word.’
    leaving out, exclusion, exception, non-inclusion, deletion, erasure, cut, excision, elimination, absence


Mid 16th century from late Latin, from Greek apokoptein ‘cut off’, from apo- ‘from’ + koptein ‘to cut’.