What is diacritic?

  • (adj): Capable of distinguishing.
    Example: "Students having superior diacritic powers"; "the diacritic elements in culture"- S.F.Nadel
    Synonyms: diacritical
    See also — Additional definitions below


A diacritical mark ( /daɪ.əˈkrɪtɨk/; also diacritical point, diacritical sign from ancient Greek διά (dia, through) and κρίνω (krinein, to separate) is a glyph added to a letter, or basic glyph. The term derives from the Greek διακριτικός (diakritikós, "distinguishing"). Diacritic is primarily an adjective, though sometimes used as a noun, whereas diacritical is always and only an adjective. Some diacritical marks, such as the acute ( ´ ) and grave ( ` ) are often called accents. Diacritical marks may appear above or below a letter, or in some other position such as within the letter or between two letters.

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Sicilicus - See Also
... Open O, although this is a full letter, and not a diacritic placed above a letter Antisigma, although this is a full letter, and not a diacritic placed above a letter Apex (diacritic), used for ...
Latvian Orthography - Computer Encoding
... Lack of software support of diacritics has caused an unofficial style of orthography, often called translit, to emerge for use in situations when the user is unable to access Latvian diacritic marks on ... In this style, diacritics are replaced by digraphs ā, ē, ī, ū - aa, ee, ii, uu ļ, ņ, ģ - lj, nj, gj š - sh (as well as ss, sj, et al.) Some people may find it difficult to ...
Bilabial Flap
... In the literature it has often been transcribed by a w modified by the extra-short diacritic, ⟨w̆⟩ ... could lead to interference between the diacritic and the ascender of the base character.) In 2005 the International Phonetic Association adopted the right hook v symbol to represent the ... flap involves employing the labiodental flap symbol modified by an advanced diacritic ⟨ⱱ̟⟩ ...
Diacritic - Transliteration
... not written with the Roman alphabet are transliterated, or romanized, using diacritics ... many of them extensively use diacritics, e.g ... tone), acute (second tone), caron (third tone) and grave (fourth tone) diacritics ...

More definitions of "diacritic":

  • (noun): A mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation.
    Synonyms: diacritical mark