Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Remission of disease symptoms.
  • n. Addition of a sentence, clause or phrase that diminishes what preceded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, remission or abatement of the symptoms of a disease.
  • n. In music: The progression from a high sound to one lower in pitch.
  • n. The tuning of strings to a lower pitch: opposed to epitasis.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek ἄνεσις (anesis, "loosening, abatement, remission") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [38] But anesis and aphesis in I.Esd. iv. 62 looks like a word-play in what may not be original Greek; though a Semitic original of that section of I.Esd. (iii. 1 to v. 6) is by no means proved.

    The Three Additions to Daniel: A Study.

  • “after a short time there was an abatement of evils,” being of opinion that the {anesis kakon} lasted about eight years.

    The History of Herodotus

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