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arsis

[ahr-sis] /ˈɑr sɪs/
noun, plural arses
[ahr-seez] /ˈɑr siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Music. the upward stroke in conducting; upbeat.
Compare thesis (def 4).
2.
Prosody.
  1. the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus or stress.
  2. (less commonly) a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus.
    Compare thesis (def 5).
Origin of arsis
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: raising the voice < Latin < Greek, equivalent to ar- (stem of aírein to raise, lift) + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for arsis

arsis

/ˈɑːsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
1.
(in classical prosody) the long syllable or part on which the ictus falls in a metrical foot Compare thesis (sense 6)
Word Origin
C18: via Late Latin from Greek, from airein to raise
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