apostrophe2 /əˈpɒstrəfi/

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I. noun


[Rhetoric] an exclamatory passage in a speech or poem addressed to a person (typically one who is dead or absent) or thing (typically one that is personified).
– origin mid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek apostrophē ‘turning away’, from apostrephein ‘turn away’ (see apostrophe1).

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