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Apocope (a-pok'-o-pe) is the deletion of a syllable or letter from the end of a word. “With Clifford and the haught Northumberland…” Henry VI Pt3, 2.1.153. See aphaearesis, the deletion of an unstressed initial vowel, and syncope, the deletion of a middle consonant or syllable.

Apocope is an example of:

Nor now my scandal, Richard, dost thou hear?

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Nor now my scandal, Richard, dost thou hear?
For thou shalt know this strong right hand of mine
Can pluck the diadem from faint Henry’s head
And wring the awful scepter from his fist,
Were he as famous and as bold in war
As he is famed for mildness, peace, and prayer.
I know it well,
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 153

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