Definitions

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  • adj. Omitting a letter; composed of words not having a certain letter or letters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Omitting a letter; composed of words not having a certain letter or letters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the writing of lipograms; also, of the nature of a lipogram.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek: compare French lipogrammatique. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The letter ā€˜eā€™ is the missing letter in the lipogrammatic passage above.

    What is missing? « Write Anything

  • From the postscript to Georges Perec's A Void Gilbert Adair's translation of Perec's 1969 novel La Disparition--Adair's only disqualification as translator is that his name has an 'e' in it, the lipogrammatic book which Perec famously constrained himself to write without using the letter 'e':

    Downright mawk

  • The Greeks composed lipogrammatic works; works in which one letter of the alphabet is omitted.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • This Odyssey was an imitation of the lipogrammatic Iliad of Nestor.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

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  • Adjective used to describe a work of writing that deliberately excludes particular letters.

    'Gadsby', a novel written without the letter 'e', is a noted example.

    December 19, 2007