Definition of haplography in English:



  • The inadvertent omission of a repeated letter or letters in writing (e.g. writing philogy for philology).

    ‘Examples of the second type are treatments on dittography, haplography, harmonization, and itacisms.’
    • ‘In contrast to this, it may in fact be a case of haplography where ‘Jesus’ has been omitted.’
    • ‘There are mistakes of the visual type, such as haplography and dittography.’
    • ‘The omission referred to as haplography occurs when text is missing owing to lines which have a similar ending in a manuscript.’
    • ‘Some scholars think that the ‘Book of Jashar’ in Josh 10: 13 is an example of haplography, or scribal error.’
    leaving out, exclusion, exception, non-inclusion, deletion, erasure, cut, excision, elimination, absence



/haˈpläɡrəfē/ /hæˈplɑɡrəfi/


Late 19th century from Greek haploos ‘single’+ -graphy.