from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mark or annotate with an obelus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to mark a written or printed passage with an obelus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To designate with an obelus; to mark as doubtful or spirituous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark with an obelisk; condemn as spurious, doubtful, or objectionable, by appending an obelisk; hence, to censure. Also obelise, and formerly obolize.


Greek obelizein, from obelos, obelus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • We must take occasion here to obelize a custom which prevails too generally in this country.

    The Laws of Etiquette


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