Part of speech: noun

A symbol ( ') above the line, to mark omission, or possessive, etc.

Part of speech: noun

An address to an absent person, an attribute, etc.

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Usage examples "apostrophe":

  1. Mr. Ferris and Mr. Waring spring to their feet to implore the assembly to reject any and all such statements as the emanations of an embittered, oft- rejected, and " subtle, perjured, false, disloyal man;" and poor Blake, who really wanted to wind up with an apostrophe to the crowning excellences of the bride, is driven to cover, a victim of his vicious propensity for burlesque. - "Marion's Faith.", Charles King.
  2. 35. What is the use of the Apostrophe? - "1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading", B. A. Hathaway.
  3. It must have been the vast number of the chances and changes of life he had seen around him, and himself experienced, that inspired him to write that splendid apostrophe: 'O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! - "Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts", Rosalind Northcote.