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accentuation

[ak-sen-choo-ey-shuh n] /ækˌsɛn tʃuˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of accentuating.
2.
something that is accentuated.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Medieval Latin accentuātiōn- (stem of accentuātiō) intoning. See accentuate, -ion
Related forms
overaccentuation, noun
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  • It is an excellent means to indicate the affective accentuation.
Word Origin and History for accentuation
n.

1690s, from Medieval Latin accentuationem (nominative accentuatio) "intoning, chanting," noun of action from past participle stem of accentuare (see accentuate).

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