American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar, a figure by which a compound word is separated into two parts, and one or more words are inserted between them: as, “of whom be thou ware also” (2 Tim. iv. 15), for “of whom beware thou also.” Also called diacope.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gram.) The separation of the parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words.
- Coined 1586, from Late Latin tmēsis, from Ancient Greek τμῆσις (tmēsis, "a cutting"), from τέμνω (temnō, "I cut"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin tmēsis, from Greek, a cutting, from temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is called tmesis: "What man soever" we've put one word between the syllables of another word.”
“Sometimes the relative pronouns compounded with _cunque_ and _libet_ are separated by the insertion of some other word or words between them, which in grammatical language is called a tmesis -- as _quod enim cunque judicium subierat, absolvebatur; quem sors dierum cunque tibi dederit, lucre appone, _ 'whatever day chance may give thee, consider it as a gain.”
“I just put all of that stuff in the tmesis pile before you showed me that there's a whole nother category.”
“Nonetheless, tmesis reminds us (if we need to be) that in such grammatical matters -- never say never.”
“(In English only the compounds of "ever" readily lend themselves to tmesis.)”
“Wrath and I are old friends, and I've come to accept his tendency toward tmesis as an endearing personality quirk.”
“In tmesis we break a work in two, usually to put another word between the parts.”
“On the double gender of sæ, cf. Cook's Sievers 'Gram., p. 147; and note the omitted article at ll. 2381, 318, 544, with the peculiar tmesis of”
“On the double gender of sǣ, cf. Cook's Sievers 'Gram., p. 147; and note the omitted article at ll. 2381, 318, 544, with the peculiar tmesis of”
“When accompanied by the preposition kita, "with," there is a tmesis of the preposition, and the pronouns are placed between its first and second syllable; e.g. vi, him''-ki-ni-ta, "with him.”
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