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Word of the Day 07/28/19 Tmesis

Tmesis (noun)
tmesis [ tuh-mee-sis ]


noun
1. the interpolation of one or more words between the parts of a compound word, as be thou ware for beware.

RELATED FORMS
tmet·ic [tuh-met-ik] , adjective

Origin: 1580–90; < Late Latin tmēsis < Greek tmḗsis a cutting, equivalent to tmē- (variant stem of témnein to cut) + -sis -sis

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TMESIS
Sometimes he indulges in tmesis which reminds us of Ennius: inque pediri, disque supata, ordia prima.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 16, SLICE 3|VARIOUS

Perhaps we might read ἐπὶ δὲ γᾶς πεδιοπλοκτύπου ὠσὶν χρίμπι βοὰ, by tmesis, for ἐπιχρίμπτεται.
PROMETHEUS BOUND AND SEVEN AGAINST THEBES|AESCHYLUS

His abstinence from inflexion absolutely, and from tmesis almost entirely, in the use of , I think deserves remark.
STUDIES ON HOMER AND THE HOMERIC AGE, VOL. 1 OF 3|W. E. GLADSTONE

Or he might by tmesis, more liberally used, have further widened the field for its employment.
STUDIES ON HOMER AND THE HOMERIC AGE, VOL. 1 OF 3|W. E. GLADSTONE

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