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- adj. Pertaining to the rhetoric use of, or using, apostrophe (sudden, exclamatory dialogue).
- adj. Pertaining to the grammatical use of, or using, the apostrophe (the diacritical mark ').
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to an apostrophe, grammatical or rhetorical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In rhetoric, pertaining to, resembling, or of the nature of an apostrophe.
- In grammar, pertaining to the apostrophe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or characteristic of apostrophe
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In one breath, he disputed her convictions about the afterlife and decried the "apostrophic" style that, now authoring
The apostrophic utterance that He cannot be supposed to have clothed his Divinity in the body of one of a race that an American Congress would not admit to citizenship is purely emotional and without logical consequence….
Between first and third person, between grammatical interjection and descriptive projection — in other words, between the merely expressive "O (h)" and its full-blown apostrophic uptake — comes the immediate middle term of formalized address.
The apostrophic embrace of nature's otherness in Romantic poetry would certainly not balk at such a possibility.
But in the present apostrophic and figurative context — in a phrasing addressed to the essence of autumn, one season back — logic is eroded by a more anxious reach for visionary prognosis.
Yet, just before, the apostrophic naming of nature — the encounter with language's primal otherness — finds so relaxed
"O" of sheer pre-apostrophic exclamation (at the core of "Lo!" before it) appears to suggest that pure audition might — across the caesura, the epistemological gap itself — become cognition as smoothly as the phonetic ligature at "listen: O" releases the verbal alter ego of "(k) n-ow."
Her mind straightway filled up the two letters concealed by apostrophic reserve, and I read in her assenting eyes that she knew Jawkins was
The deformation helps us wonder: does the apostrophic act represent a strange fantasy about art's salvific power?
… The obscuration of repeated beginnings, shifting personae, oblique calls, cries to be heard, recommenced purifications, and apostrophic petitions for assistance reflect the same “slow tongue” of Moses, the “unclean lips” of Isiah, the demur of Jeremiah, and the mutism of Ezekiel.