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[ak-sen-choo-uh l] /ækˈsɛn tʃu əl/
of or relating to accent or stress.
Prosody. of or relating to poetry based on the number of stresses, as distinguished from poetry depending on the number of syllables or quantities.
Origin of accentual
1600-10; < Latin accentu(s) (see accent) + -al1
Related forms
accentuality, noun
accentually, adverb
nonaccentual, adjective
nonaccentually, adverb Unabridged
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  • Rebus sic stantibus, what's the use of talking about quantitative and accentual verse, as if they were really two kinds of verse?

  • The series of values for the four accentual positions follows.

  • In the other hymn, also to the Cross, assonance and rhyme foretell the coming transformation of metre to accentual verse.

  • First, the quantitative character of the ancient rhythms as opposed to the accentual character of English verse.

  • And he expounds the English accentual verse-system with clearness and vigor.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • Under these circumstances there can, I think, be little doubt as to the literary parentage of Spenser's accentual measure.

  • The main law for all accentual versification is this, that verse-accent must always coincide with word-accent.

  • accentual verses of four, six, and seven feet were already familiar long before Chaucer's time.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • For these, too, the general law observed in all accentual poetry holds good, viz.

British Dictionary definitions for accentual


of, relating to, or having accents; rhythmic
(prosody) of or relating to verse based on the number of stresses in a line rather than on the number of syllables Compare quantitative (sense 3)
Derived Forms
accentually, adverb
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