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n. pl. aph·e·ses (-sēz′)
The loss of an initial, usually unstressed vowel from a word, as in cute from acute.

[Greek, a release, from aphīenai, aphe-, to let go : apo-, apo- + hīenai, to send; see diesis.]

a·phet′ic (ə-fĕt′ĭk) adj.
a·phet′i·cal·ly adv.
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While twen(e) and twix are aphetic forms of correspondingly bitwen(e) and bitwix(t)(en), atwen and atwix are formed from the preposition a and twen(e) or twix (cf.
Originally one who kept a store for spices, drugs and preserves, later one who prepared and sold drugs for medical purposes); pothecary (potticary) (aphetic for of apothecary, formerly in common use) 1386 NED); Brokur 1260, Brokere 1296, Brocour 1297, Brokour 1303, Broker' 1319, brogour 1334 (brokour [AF brocour & broggour; cp.
The Three Ladies contains echoes of other antisemitic narratives: when Mercadorus curses Gerontus as a 'sitten, scald, drunken Jew!' (12.19), this recalls an association between Jews and excrement--'sitten' is an aphetic form of 'beshitten'--still current in early modern England, evidenced in the belief that Jews emitted a noxious scent and in the tale of the Jew of Tewkesbury, an event reported to have occurred in 1257 but frequently retold.
A lot of number of websites and blogs had condemned the irresponsible and aphetic attitude of Norway.
It is said to be an aphetic form of ME arrouse, from Old French arrouser, 'bedew; sprinkle'.
(51) The aphetic form HT is noted under 'HT but has no separate entry; personal names beginning with HT are listed individually, however (200).