[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.

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