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accentuation

[ak-sen-choo-ey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of accentuating.
  2. something that is accentuated.
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Origin of accentuation

1820–30; < Medieval Latin accentuātiōn- (stem of accentuātiō) intoning. See accentuate, -ion
Related formso·ver·ac·cen·tu·a·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for accentuation

Historical Examples

  • Note, too, the accentuation of the idea of witness (John v. 31, 39).

    Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John

    William Alexander

  • Inconsistencies in hyphenation and accentuation have been retained.

  • The words pè, pé, in Creole are distinguishable only by their accentuation.

    "Gombo Zhbes"

    Lafcadio Hearn

  • If there is little inflection and no accentuation the result is bad.

  • Stress, due to force of breath, is not the only means of accentuation at our disposal.


Word Origin and History for accentuation

n.

1690s, from Medieval Latin accentuationem (nominative accentuatio) "intoning, chanting," noun of action from past participle stem of accentuare (see accentuate).

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