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iambic

[ahy-am-bik] /aɪˈæm bɪk/
adjective
1.
Prosody.
  1. pertaining to the iamb.
  2. consisting of or employing an iamb or iambs.
2.
Greek Literature. noting or pertaining to satirical poetry written in iambs.
noun
3.
Prosody.
  1. an iamb.
  2. Usually, iambics. a verse or poem consisting of iambs.
4.
Greek Literature. a satirical poem in this meter.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin iambicus < Greek iambikós. See iambus, -ic
Related forms
iambically, adverb
uniambic, adjective
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Examples from the web for iambic
  • The poems are cast in long, fairly regular iambic lines, and the level of diction has risen.
  • For her drama students, iambic pentameter competes against the racket of truck deliveries and the aroma of cookies baking.
  • Members of the audience, sitting on the floor or leaning against the wall, nodded their heads to the iambic pentameter.
  • Today the notion of people opening their mouths to sing their hearts out is as anachronistic as speaking in iambic pentameter.
  • He wrote in both prose and verse and perfected the use of iambic pentameter.
British Dictionary definitions for iambic

iambic

/aɪˈæmbɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, consisting of, or using an iamb or iambs
2.
(in Greek literature) denoting a type of satirical verse written in iambs
noun
3.
a metrical foot, line, or stanza of verse consisting of iambs
4.
a type of ancient Greek satirical verse written in iambs
Derived Forms
iambically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for iambic

1570s (n.); 1580s (adj.), from Latin iambicus, from Greek iambikos, from iambos "metrical foot of one unaccented followed by one accented syllable," from iaptein "to assail" (in words), literally "to put forth." The meter of invective and lampoon in classical Greek from the time it was used for such by Archilochos, 7c. B.C.E.

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