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heterography

[het-uh-rog-ruh-fee] /ˌhɛt əˈrɒg rə fi/
noun
1.
spelling different from that in current use.
2.
the use of the same letter or combination of letters to represent different sounds, as, in English, the use of s in sit and easy.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; hetero- + -graphy
Related forms
heterographic
[het-er-uh-graf-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
heterographical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heterographic

heterography

/ˌhɛtəˈrɒɡrəfɪ/
noun
1.
the phenomenon of different letters or sequences of letters representing the same sound in different words, as for example -ight and -ite in blight and bite
2.
any writing system in which this phenomenon occurs
Derived Forms
heterographic (ˌhɛtərəʊˈɡræfɪk), heterographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for heterographic

heterography

n.

"incorrect spelling," 1783; see hetero- + -graphy. Also "inconsistent but current spellings within a language" (as English, in all ages), 1847.

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