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a. The study of the pronunciation of words.
b. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
2. The customary pronunciation of words.
[Greek orthoepeia, correctness of diction : ortho-, ortho- + epos, epe-, word; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]
or′tho·ep′ic (-ĕp′ĭk), or′tho·ep′i·cal (-ĕp′ĭ-kəl) adj.
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