anapestic

anapest

[an-uh-pest]
noun Prosody.
a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter, as in for the nonce.
Also, anapaest.


Origin:
1580–90; < Latin anapaestus < Greek anápaistos struck back, reversed (as compared with a dactyl), equivalent to ana- ana- + pais- (variant stem of paíein to strike) + -tos past participle suffix

anapestic, anapaestic, adjective
anapestically, anapaestically, adverb
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anapaest or anapest (ˈænəpɛst, -piːst, ˈænəpɛst, -piːst)
 
n
prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, the first two short, the last long (⏕)
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek anapaistos reversed (that is, a dactyl reversed), from anapaiein, from ana- back + paiein to strike]
 
anapest or anapest
 
n
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek anapaistos reversed (that is, a dactyl reversed), from anapaiein, from ana- back + paiein to strike]
 
ana'paestic or anapest
 
adj
 
ana'pestic or anapest
 
adj

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anapest
1670s, "two short syllables followed by a long one," from L. anapestus, from Gk. anapaistos "struck back, rebounding," verbal adj. from anapaiein "to strike back," from ana- "back" + paiein "to strike;" so called because it reverses the dactyl.

anapestic
1699, from L. anapaesticus, from Gk. anapaistikos, from anapaistos (see anapest).
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