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separation of a word into parts by inserting a word in the middle: abso-blooming-lutely
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 (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.

[Late Latin tmēsis, from Greek, a cutting, from temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]
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(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]
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(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]
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The insertion of a word or part of a word in another word.
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Indentifying that pattern of expansiveness leads him to ponder a series of examples: the line "Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds" from Milton (PL, 1:540); Joycean puns (342); the tmesis he describes in Donne's "In what torn ship soever I embark" and in Hopkins's "Brute beauty and valour and act, oh air, pride, plume, here/Buckle" (354-46).
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