Word of the DayWednesday, October 13, 2010
\uh-POK-uh-peyt\ , verb;
To omit the final sound or sounds of (a word.)
Mary B. Robinson has directed with great assurance and fluidity - perhaps a bit too much of the latter; I wish she had not seen fit to make so many speeches overlap and apocopate one another.
-- John Simon, "Houses Divided," New York Magazine, January, 1986.
You apocopate that from the alphabet, and Deacon Hadlock will apocopate you from the School; yea, verily.
-- Sylvester Judd, Margaret
Apocopate stems from the Greek apokope, "to cut off."
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