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  • adj. formed by adding multiple elements (prefixes, suffixes, etc.) to a compound word

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed from a compound word.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to parasynthesis or parasyntheta.
  • n. A parasyntheton, or word formed by parasynthesis.


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From Ancient Greek παρασύνθετος (parasunthetos), from παρά (para, "beside") + σύνθετος (sunthetos, "compound, composite").


  • A discussion of this particular parasynthetic derivative is based-based.

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  • My grandfather was a train-driver and he didn't have a red beard *worried*

    September 7, 2009

  • Of a word: derivationally based on a compound or word complex, such as 'red-bearded' = "having a red beard", or 'train-driver" = "one who drives trains". The derivational suffix (-ed, -er) is not attached to a word as such: there are no words *red-beard, *train-drive.

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