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back-formation

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He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead, even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.
Johann Ludwig Tieck
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Etymology

Coined by James Murray; back + formation

Noun

Singular
back-formation

Plural
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back-formation ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The process by which a new word is formed by removing a morpheme (real or perceived) of an older word, such as the verb burgle, formed by removing -ar (perceived as a suffix forming an agent noun) from burglar.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A word created in this way.
    Back-formations, such as "tambour" (for "play the tambourine"), are a staple of comedic wordplay.

Synonyms

  • (a word created by back-formation): back-form

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