[ uh-goj-iks, uh-goh-jiks ]
/ əˈgɒdʒ ɪks, əˈgoʊ dʒɪks /

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 forms

a·gog·ic, adjective

Definition for agogics (2 of 2)


[ uh-goj-ik, uh-goh-jik ]
/ əˈgɒdʒ ɪk, əˈgoʊ dʒɪk /


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