[uh-goj-iks, uh-goh-jiks]

noun (usually used with a singular verb) Music.

the theory that accent within a musical phrase can be produced by modifying the duration of certain notes rather than by increasing dynamic stress.

Nearby words

  1. agnosticism,
  2. agnus dei,
  3. ago,
  4. agog,
  5. agogic,
  6. agomphosis,
  7. agon,
  8. agonadal,
  9. agonal,
  10. agone

Origin of agogics

First recorded in 1920–25; see origin at agogic (accent), -ics

Related formsa·gog·ic, adjective


[uh-goj-ik, uh-goh-jik]


Music. stress given to a note through prolonged duration.

Origin of agogic

1890–95; < Greek agōg(ḗ) course + -ic (modeled on German agogisch)

Also called agogic accent. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019