1. Prosody. an Adonic verse or line.

Origin of Adonic

From the Medieval Latin word Adōnicus, dating back to 1670–80. See Adonis, -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for adonic

Historical Examples of adonic

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

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British Dictionary definitions for adonic


  1. (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
  2. of or relating to Adonis
  1. an Adonic line or verse
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