Definition & Examples of Prothesis

Prothesis (also known as Prosthesis), is a kind of metaplasmOpens in new window which consists in the addition of a letter or syllableOpens in new window to the beginning of a word.

Notable Examples
    Addition of an initial letter:
  • Adown we tumbled.
    To say “gnatus” for “natus” — Terence
    Addition of an initial syllable:
  • By going to Achilles.
    That were to enlard his fat-already pride.
    — Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida 2.3.194-195
Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae, Figures | ProthesisOpens in new window