Iotacism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Iotacism The frequent use of the sound of iota (that of English e in be), as among the modern Greeks; also, confusion from sounding ε, ι, η, υ, ει, etc., like ι.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n iotacism Conversion of other vowel sounds into that of iota (English ē); specifically, in pronunciation of Greek, the practice of giving the sound of iota (ι) also to the vowels η and υ, and to the diphthongs ει, ῃ, οι, and υι indiscriminately. This is the rule in modern Greek. Also called itacism. Opposed to etacism. Compare lambdacism, rhotacism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Iotacism the conversion of other vowel sounds into that of iota (Eng. ē), as in modern Gr. of η, υ, ει, η, οι, υι
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'iotakismo`s a laying too much stress upon the iota (ι): cf. F. iotacisme,. See Iota
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., the smallest letter in the alphabet, corresponding to the English i.