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il

1. A simplified spelling of ill.


noun

1. An unusual and un-English assimilation of in- before l, after the analogy of or by confusion with il-, il-: perhaps only in the rare and obsolete illighten for inlighten, enlighten (compare alighten).

2. An assimilation (in Latin, etc.) of in- before l. (See in-.) In the following words, in the etymology, the prefix il- is usually referred directly to the original in-.

3. An assimilation (in Latin, etc.) of the negative or privative prefix in- before l. (See in-.) In the following words, in the etymology, the prefix il- is usually referred directly to the original in-.

4. A suffix of Latin origin, forming in Latin adjectives and nouns derived from them, and less frequently nouns directly from verbs and nouns, many of which formations have come into English.



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  • [4] Cuir is an expression used to denote the error in speaking, which consists -- in French -- in pronouncing a t for an s , and vice versa at the end of words which are joined in pronunciation to the next word: e. g., il étai-z-à la campagne for il était à la campagne .
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