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[rith -mik] /ˈrɪð mɪk/
cadenced; rhythmical.
Origin of rhythmic
1595-1605; < Late Latin rhythmicus < Greek rhythmikós. See rhythm, -ic
Related forms
hyperrhythmic, adjective
nonrhythmic, adjective
semirhythmic, adjective
unrhythmic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Steadily the paddle swung all the long morning, but without awakening any rhythmic song in his heart.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • Suddenly, he raised his arm in a rhythmic gesture of appeal.

  • He substituted musical declamation of a very highly-developed order for the rhythmic melody and symmetrical movements of opera.

  • After that, their rhythmic snores will only tend to soothe and rest you.

  • No one can read "De Profundis" with its rhythmic repetitions of phrase without realising this in an extraordinary degree.

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
British Dictionary definitions for rhythmic


of, relating to, or characterized by rhythm, as in movement or sound; metrical, periodic, or regularly recurring
Derived Forms
rhythmically, adverb
rhythmicity (rɪðˈmɪsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for rhythmic

1560s, from French rhythmique or directly from Latin rhythmicus, from Greek rhythmikos, from rhythmos (see rhythm). Related: Rhythmical; rhythmically.

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