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phatic

[fat-ik] /ˈfæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information:
phatic communion.
Origin
1923
1923; probably < Greek phat(ós) spoken, capable of being spoken (verbid of phánai to speak; cf. prophet) + -ic; coined (in phrase phatic communion) by Bronislaw Malinowski
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British Dictionary definitions for phatic

phatic

/ˈfætɪk/
adjective
1.
(of speech, esp of conversational phrases) used to establish social contact and to express sociability rather than specific meaning
Word Origin
C20: from Greek phat(os) spoken + -ic
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Word Origin and History for phatic
adj.

1923, coined by Polish-born British anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski (1884-1942) from Greek phatos "spoken, that may be spoken," from phanai "to speak, say" (see fame (n.)) + -ic.

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