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, 3.2.368. See Apocope, in which the last syllable is dropped; and Syncope, in which the middle syllable is dropped.
Quotes including the Figure of Speech Aphesis
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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