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Adonic

[ uh-don-ik ]
/ əˈdɒn ɪk /
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adjective
Prosody. noting a verse consisting of a dactyl () followed by a spondee () or trochee ().
of or like Adonis.
noun
Prosody. an Adonic verse or line.
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Origin of Adonic

From theMedieval Latin word Adōnicus, dating back to 1670–80. See Adonis, -ic
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How to use Adonic in a sentence

  • Adonic verse is a pentasyllable with necessary accents on the first and fourth syllables.

    Legends, Tales and Poems|Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

British Dictionary definitions for Adonic

Adonic
/ (əˈdəʊnɪk) /

adjective
(in classical prosody) of or relating to a verse line consisting of a dactyl (¯˘˘) followed by a spondee (––) or by a trochee (¯˘), thought to have been first used in laments for Adonis
of or relating to Adonis
noun
an Adonic line or verse
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