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diacritic

 [di″ah-krit´-ik]
diagnostic; distinguishing.

di·a·crit·ic

, diacritical (dī'ă-krit'ik, -krit'i-kăl),
Distinguishing; diagnostic; allowing of distinction.
[G. diakritikos, able to distinguish]

diacritic

(dī′ə-krĭt′ĭk)
adj.
1. Diacritical.
2. Medicine Diagnostic or distinctive.
n.
A mark, such as the cedilla of façade or the acute accents of résumé, added to a letter to indicate a special phonetic value or distinguish words that are otherwise graphically identical.

di·a·crit·ic

, diacritical (dī-ă-krit'ik, -i-kăl)
Distinguishing; diagnostic; allowing of distinction.
[G. diakritikos, able to distinguish]
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Rather, it functions "diacritically," marking vowels in certain words as undergoing an anomolous paradigmatic variation, e.g., alternation in vowel length or height, that one would not expect in a perfectly consistent agglutinating language.
Bongie critically or diacritically marks such words as "post/colonial," "end-less," "(dis)continuity," and "(un)likely." The profusion of slashes, dashes, and parentheses conveys his sense of the ways that meaning is fractured, fissured, or subjected to containment.
Adherents of non-Christian religions are viewed diacritically as sinners who are simultaneously in search for God and in flight from God, and in fact, in a satanically inspired rebellion against God.