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[uh-pos-truh-fahyz] /əˈpɒs trəˌfaɪz/ Rhetoric
verb (used with object), apostrophized, apostrophizing.
to address by apostrophe.
verb (used without object), apostrophized, apostrophizing.
to utter an apostrophe.
Also, especially British, apostrophise.
Origin of apostrophize
1605-15; apostrophe2 + -ize
Related forms
unapostrophized, adjective Unabridged
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  • From Kew he turned to the great guardsman, and taking him by the coat began to apostrophise him.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • But it's not worth your while to apostrophise me, or the air, about it; what you want to do, you do.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • But, what is this rubbing against me, as I apostrophise Madame Doche?

    Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens
  • It is difficult in such poetry not to apostrophise one's subject as Whitman did.

    The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
  • It is this statue which immigrants, on their way to Ellis Island, are wont to apostrophise.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • Finally he rushed to the door, from the threshold of which he began to apostrophise his friend with excited gestures.

    The Grandee Armando Palacio Valds
  • He paused before the absurd epitome to apostrophise, wagged a finger at it, and got wag for wag.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • I took the liberty of transposing three pronouns from the first person to the second, so as to apostrophise our Boche brethren.

  • But, suddenly he turned his head and in a fit of paternal indignation began to apostrophise young Angiolo Mascara.

British Dictionary definitions for apostrophise


(transitive) (rhetoric) to address an apostrophe to
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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