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Loss of an unstressed initial vowel. “And so far blameless proves my enterprise / That I have ’nointed an Athenian’s eyes.” Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2.368See Apocope, in which the last syllable is dropped; and Syncope, in which the middle syllable is dropped.

Aphesis is an example of:

This is thy negligence

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Oberon, to Robin
This is thy negligence. Still thou mistak’st,
Or else committ’st thy knaveries willfully.
Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook.
Did not you tell me I should know the man
By the Athenian garments he had on?
And so far blameless proves my enterprise
That I have ’nointed an Athenian’s eyesAphesis;
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Act 3
Scene 2
Line 366

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