apocope apocope
 a-pok'-o-pe from Gk. apo “away from” and
koptein “to cut” ("a cutting off")
abissio, abscissio, abcisio, or absissio
cutting from the end

Omitting a letter or syllable at the end of a word. A kind of metaplasm.

Omission of a final letter:
When Maro says "Achilli" for "Achillis"

Omission of a final syllable:
True art is nature to advantage dressed
What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed. [for "often"]
—Alexander Pope

Season your admiration for awhile With an attent ear. [for "attentive"]
—Shakespeare, Hamlet 1.2.192

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See Also

  Sources: Isidore 1.35.3; Mosellanus ("apocope" "abcisio") a3v; Susenbrotus (1540) 21; Sherry (1550) 27 ("apocope," "absissio"); Wilson (1560) 200 ("cutting from the end");Peacham (1577) E2v

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