Definition - (verb) To cut off. Especially, to cut of the last letter or syllable of a word.

Example -
What oft was thought ….

Etymology -
The term derives from the Greek apokoptein, cutting off (from apo, away from + koptein, to cut.)

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1851:
"You apocopate that from the alphabet and Deacon Hadlock will apocopate you from the school."
(S. Judd Margaret ii. i. (1871), 168)

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