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Epenthesis (e-pen'-thes-is) is the adding an extra syllable or letters in the middle of a word (also called infixation). “I have but with a cursitory eye / O’erglanced the articles.” Henry V, 5.2.69

Epenthesis is an example of:

If, Duke of Burgundy, you would the peace

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King Henry
If, Duke of Burgundy, you would the peace,
Whose want gives growth to th’ imperfections
Which you have cited, you must buy that peace
With full accord to all our just demands,
Whose tenors and particular effects
You have, enscheduled briefly, in your hands.
The King hath heard them, to the which as yet
There is no answer made.
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Act 5
Scene 2
Line 69

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