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tme·sis (tmē′sĭs, mē′-)
n. pl. tme·ses (-sēz)
Separation of the parts of a compound word by one or more intervening words; for example, where I go ever instead of wherever I go.
tmesis (təˈmiːsɪs; ˈmiːsɪs)
(Grammar) interpolation of a word or group of words between the parts of a compound word
[C16: via Latin from Greek, literally: a cutting, from temnein to cut]
tme•sis (ˈmi sɪs, təˈmi-)
the interpolation of one or more words between the parts of a compound word, as be thou ware for beware.
[1580–90; < Late Latin tmēsis
< Greek tmḗsis
a cutting =tmē-,
variant s. of témnein
to cut + -sis -sis
The insertion of a word or part of a word in another word.
References in periodicals archive
Sometimes attending to the tmeses
through which poets fill and overfill what might otherwise be overweeningly overspecified end terms, sometimes times identifying interpretation as a matter of inducing an opening (351), Hartman uncovers literary speech--that of the poet, that of the critic--as a matter of making "room in meaning itself" (352).
His eccentric margins, capricious word divisions, vagrant punctuation, tmeses
, and promiscuously embracing parentheses, can be traced to the scholarly trappings which a Greek poem wears on a textbook page.