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tonic accent

noun
1.
prominence given to a syllable in speaking, usually due to a change, especially a rise, in pitch.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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British Dictionary definitions for tonic-accent

tonic accent

noun
1.
emphasis imparted to a note by virtue of its having a higher pitch, rather than greater stress or long duration relative to other notes
2.
another term for pitch accent
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