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anagram [Gr.,=something read backward], rearrangement of the letters of a word or words to make another word or other words. A famous Latin anagram was an answer made out of a question asked by Pilate. The question was Quid est veritas? [What is truth?], and the answer Est vir qui adest [it is the man who is here]. An anagram that reads the same backward as forward is a palindrome, e.g., "Able was I ere I saw Elba."

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an·a·gram / ˈanəˌgram/ • n. a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as cinema, formed from iceman. DERIVATIVES: an·a·gram·mat·ic / ˌanəgrəˈmatik/ adj. an·a·gram·mat·i·cal / ˌanəgrəˈmatikəl/ adj.

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ANAGRAM

ANAGRAM. A word or phrase made by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase: mad policy from diplomacy. Anagrams are used mainly in games and puzzles, especially cross-words, where a clue like ‘a confused tailor in Venice’ leads to Rialto, an anagram of tailor.

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anagram

anagram a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as spar, formed from rasp. Recorded from the late 16th century, the word comes via French or modern Latin from Greek ana- ‘back, anew’ + gramma ‘letter’.

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anagram

anagram XVI. — F. anagramme — modL. anagramma, f. Gr. aná ANA- + grámma letter, after anagrammatízein transpose letters.

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anagram

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