- the third syllable from the end in a word, as te in antepenult.
Origin of antepenult
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Words llanas may assonate with words accented on the antepenult (esdrjulas).
Words ending in ous have the accents on the antepenult, as uxrious, volptuous.A Grammar of the English Tongue
This anie eare may if he accent the antepenult matrmonie, or the penult matrimnie, or the last as matrimone.Of the Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue
If the penult is short, the antepenult is accented provided it be long: Sansthā́naka.The Little Clay Cart
(Attributed To) King Shudraka
For purposes of assonance little use is made of words accented on a syllable preceding the antepenult.
- the third last syllable in a word
C16: shortened from Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima; see ante-, penult
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Word Origin and History for antepenult
1610s; see antepenultimate.
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