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[vur-suh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌvɜr sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of versifying.
verse form; metrical structure.
a metrical version of something.
the art or practice of composing verses.
Origin of versification
1595-1605; < Latin versificātiōn- (stem of versificātiō), equivalent to versificāt(us) (past participle of versificāre to versify; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • The versification, of course, is brought up to date and irregularities disappear.
  • The versification is perhaps a little heavy, and the language occasionally prosaic.
  • The versification sustains the solemn spirit which breathes throughout: it is peculiarly melodious.
  • See the references to versification and costume in the epilogue.
  • The incomparable brilliancy of its diction and versification are merits which, to be acknowledged, need only to be mentioned.
  • His command of the secrets of rhythm and a subtle versification give his lines a firm delicacy and beauty of pattern.
  • His genuine delight in the older verse preserved him from the complacency with which his age regarded its own versification.
  • In rude societies the progress of government resembles the progress of language and of versification.
  • The versification in this poem is elaborated with great care, but it is not flowing nor graceful.
  • Insurance company investments are typically structured to focus on providing for adequate di-versification, liquidity and quality.
British Dictionary definitions for versification


the technique or art of versifying
the form or metrical composition of a poem
a metrical version of a prose text
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Word Origin and History for versification

c.1600, from Latin versificationem (nominative versificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of versificare (see versify).

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