from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In Greek, the pronunciation of certain letters, like eta and upsilon, as iota (ē) because of a regular sound change.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A misspelling resulting from such pronunciation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The frequent use of the sound of iota (that of English e in be), as among the modern Greeks; also, confusion from sounding ε, ι, η, υ, ει, etc., like ι.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Conversion of other vowel sounds into that of iota (English ē); specifically, in pronunciation of Greek, the practice of giving the sound of iota (
ι) also to the vowels ηand υ, and to the diphthongs ει, ῃ, οι, and υιindiscriminately. This is the rule in modern Greek. Also called itacism. Opposed to etacism. Compare lambdacism, rhotacism.
[Page 323] macism or imperfect pronunciation of g; iotacism, defective pronunciation of the gutturals; mogilalia, imperfect pronunciation of the labials, and according to some authors, as Preyer, mogilalia is made to include also the suppression of the first sound of a word.
The spelling "Lite" is incorrect and comes from iotacism.