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accent Latin accentus variation in pitch, intonation, from ad to, toward + cantus song; a calque of Greek proso^Oidia

In prosody, rhythmically significant stress on the syllables of a verse, usually at regular intervals. The word accent is often used interchangeably with stress, though some prosodists use accent to mean the emphasis that is determined by the normal meaning of the words while stress is used to mean metrical emphasis. Compare stress.

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Date:Jan 1, 1995
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