AskDefine | Define dittography

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Noun

  1. the accidental, erroneous act of repeating a word, phrase or combination of letters by a scribe or copyist.
  2. the errors produced thereby

Extensive Definition

Dittography is the accidental, erroneous act of repeating a word, phrase or combination of letters by a scribe or copyist.

Example

in Acts, a book of the Bible, verse 19:34, the phrase "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians" appears twice in codex Vaticanus while it only appears once in other manuscripts.

References

See also

dittography in German: Dittographie
dittography in Polish: Dittografia
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