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Follow my words
to form one.

Many a man

Soft, twilled silk
A chapter of the Quran
Distinct repetition!
Omit the trailing sound

Charged particle
Add a letter to make it fit,
Suffix!

Add the three groups
Tada, a mathematical term!

Either a misspelling
or a misinterpretation
might make it womanly;
beware—you do not intend offense.

What is the word, may I ask?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you certain that the cryptic-crosswords tag is appropriate? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 20 '17 at 17:02
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, unless I'm not mistaken. $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine Jan 20 '17 at 17:03
  • $\begingroup$ Your cryptic-clues tag was inappropriate as well. Please make sure if this is the right tag. $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Jan 20 '17 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ I guess this works as Crossword Clues rather than cryptic crosswords. Cryptic crosswords/clues have stringent rules. This fits more like a standard crossword clues you find in a newspaper. $\endgroup$ – Sid Jan 20 '17 at 17:12
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    $\begingroup$ Ok. If you want to chat with people on site then there is the chat room the sphinx's lair $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 20 '17 at 18:52
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The answer must be

MENSURATION.

Many a man

MEN

Soft, twilled silk
A chapter of the Quran

Former is SURAH (a word I confess I didn't know before), latter is also SURAH, alternately spelled without the trailing H.

Distinct repetition!

SURAH both times. An obvious repetition.

Omit the trailing sound

...yielding SURA.

Charged particle

ION

Add a letter to make it fit,
Suffix!

Add a 'T' to make -TION, a common suffix.

Add the three groups
Tada, a mathematical term!

First line refers to three groups of letters (i.e. MEN, SURA, TION). Concatenate those three parts together to get MENSURATION, which is a mathematical term.

Either a misspelling
or a misinterpretation
might make it womanly;
beware—you do not intend offense.

Confusion with MENSTRUATION.

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  • $\begingroup$ I see OP has edited my answer, with comment "Corrected a slight logic problem". I must (gently) protest. I removed AH/A from the end of SURAH/SURA, which does indeed remove a "trailing sound", whereas what's there now removes only the H which is silent. (I then removed "a T" rather than a "T"; obviously either of those is fine in isolation.) And there is an important distinction between "three groups" and "groups of three". $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 20 '17 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ The first word SURAH is always spelled with a H at the end. The second word, can be written as either SURA or SURAH. Since you know that both should be the same (Distinct repetition!), you should take SURAH, which is a correct word for both. Omit the trailing 'sound' --- yes, the sound seems to be the root of the confusion and misunderstanding. It appears to be slightly misleading, but I tried not to be too obvious. $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine Jan 20 '17 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ I interpreted "distinct" as "different from one another", so a distinct repetition is where you have two things that are kinda the same but not quite. Like SURAH and SURA. It's the same sound that's being removed from both, after all :-). $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 20 '17 at 23:27
  • $\begingroup$ Well, you were right in that sense. But, distinct here means 'clear' or 'obvious'. $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine Jan 21 '17 at 4:32
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Okay, here it is:

Mensuration:

Many a man

Men

Soft, twilled silk

surah

A chapter of the Quran

Surah

Distinct repetition!

Surah because both are same

Omit the trailing sound

Sura? (Ignoring the last h)

Charged particle

Ion

Add a letter to make it fit, Suffix!

We add T which does not have a sound.

Add the groups of three
Tada, a mathematical term!

Mensuration

Either a misspelling or a misinterpretation might make it womanly;

Menstruation

beware—you do not intend offense.

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