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orthoepy

or (Older Use) orthoëpy

[awr-thoh-uh-pee, awr-thoh-ep-ee] /ɔrˈθoʊ ə pi, ˈɔr θoʊˌɛp i/
noun
1.
the study of correct pronunciation.
2.
customary pronunciation (opposed to cacoepy).
Origin of orthoepy
1660-1670
1660-70; < Greek orthoépeia correctness of diction, equivalent to ortho- ortho- + epe- (stem of épos) word + -ia -y3
Related forms
orthoepic
[awr-thoh-ep-ik] /ˌɔr θoʊˈɛp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
orthoepical, adjective
orthoepist, noun
orthoepistic, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • orthoepy differs from orthography by determining how words are spoken, whereas orthography decides how they are spelt.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • The following list is from Nares' orthoepy, a work to which the reader is referred.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • The orthography is according to Jack's orthoepy, for there are various spellings of the word.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • It is so arranged as to teach orthography and orthoepy simultaneously.

    Lee's Last Campaign John C. Gorman
  • Many of the words in most books on orthoepy are very rarely mispronounced, and they serve only to cumber the work.

  • In matters of orthoepy it is the usual custom to appeal to one of the following standards.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • It has a certain crude and primitive grammar, but in point of orthoepy is extremely difficult.

  • In this case it is opposed to orthoepy, orthography, syntax, and the other parts of grammar.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • orthoepy, a word derived from the Greek orthon (upright), and epos (a word), signifies the right utterance of words.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • Orthography addresses itself to the eye, orthoepy to the ear.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for orthoepy

orthoepy

/ˈɔːθəʊˌɛpɪ/
noun
1.
the study of correct or standard pronunciation
Derived Forms
orthoepic (ˌɔːθəʊˈɛpɪk) adjective
orthoepically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek orthoepeia, from ortho- straight + epos word
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