Definition of obelize in English:


transitive verb

(also British obelise)
[with object]
  • Mark (a word or passage) with an obelus to show that it is spurious, corrupt, or doubtful.

    ‘this line is commonly obelized as interrupting the sequence of thought’
    • ‘Graham's ‘obelizing’ makes for a poetry full of rhythmic complexity and moments of semantic uncertainty which are fundamental to the reader's experience of the poem.’
    • ‘I obelize barbaros because there is no other record of birds called by this name.’
    • ‘In twelve places Danese obelizes a word or line.’



/ˈäbəˌlīz/ /ˈɑbəˌlaɪz/


Mid 17th century from Greek obelizein, in the same sense.