Figure Name synaeresis
Source Silva Rhetoricae (;Susenbrotus (1540) 22-23; Peacham (1577) E3r ; JG Smith (1665) ("synaeresis"); Macbeth (1876); Holmes (1806) ("synaeresis")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms mid-cut
Etymology Gr. “a drawing together, contraction”
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Orthographic

1. When two syllables are contracted into one. A kind of metaplasm. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Contraction: a contraction of two vowels or syllables into one.; SYNAERESIS [synairesis] Contrictio, Contraction. It is a contraction of two words or syllable into one.(JG Smith)

3. Synaeresis, a taking or drawing together, whereby two vowels are not changed, but coalesce into a diphthong, as aeronaut for aeronaut. (Macbeth)

4. Synoeresis, whenever it indites, Still into one two syllables unites. (Holmes)


1. When New Orleans is pronounced "Nawlins" (Silva Rhetoricae)

3. "In seventeen hunner fifty-nine,
The de'il gat stuff to mak a swine;
But flung it in a corner.
But afterward he changed his plan,
And made it something like a man,
And ca't it - Andra Turner." - Robert Burns (Macbeth)

4. Alveo, a dissyllable, for Alveo, a trissyllable. (Holmes)

Kind Of Omission
Part Of syncope
Related Figures figures of omission, synaloepha, metaplasm, figures of etymology, syncope, crasis, synizesis
Notes The second aeronaut requires an umlaut over the 'e'. - samp
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Nayoung Hong
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes Added metaplasm as related figure and possible LC of elliding sounds. -Nike
Reviewed No