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word accent

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noun Phonetics.
  1. word stress.

Origin of word accent

First recorded in 1900–05
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Historical Examples

  • In both cases the rhythmic accent has to yield to the word-accent.

    A History of English Versification

    Jakob Schipper

  • The former is caused by word-accent, the latter by the rhetorical accent, as illustrated by the last examples.

  • The main law for all accentual versification is this, that verse-accent must always coincide with word-accent.

  • The incidence of word-accent is left unfixed save so far as the incidence of verse-accent enables us to fix it.

  • Sometimes verse-accent and word-accent do not correspond even at the last accent in a colon.