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date: 21 May 2024

Apostrophe2  [Stress: ‘a-POS-tro-fy’] . 

The Oxford Companion to the English Language
Tom McArthurTom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthurJacqueline Lam-McArthur, Lise FontaineLise Fontaine

1. In rhetoric, addressing someone or something that cannot respond, such as: a dead person (‘Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour’: Wordsworth), a place (‘Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain’: Goldsmith), or an idea (‘O liberty! O liberty! what crimes are committed in thy name!’: translating Mme Roland). Originally, the term referred to the invocation opening such epics as ... ...

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