pertaining to or characterized by alliteration: alliterative verse.
- al·lit·er·a·tive·ly, adverb
- al·lit·er·a·tive·ness, noun
- non·al·lit·er·a·tive, adjective
- non·al·lit·er·a·tive·ly, adverb
- non·al·lit·er·a·tive·ness, noun
- un·al·lit·er·a·tive, adjective
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How to use alliterative in a sentence
Even his alliterative name had mythic qualities: Ben Bradlee.
Like Sigurd and Gudrún, The Fall of Arthur is in alliterative verse, a mode last fashionable in the 14th century.
“More Mitt,” as Politico reported at least has the virtue of alliterative succinctness.How Mitt Romney Can Win the First Debate With Obama | Robert Shrum | September 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Every alliterative couplet had two accented syllables, containing the same initial consonants, one in each of the two sections.
Schipper sees in it a mixture of septenaries, alexandrines, and alliterative verse.
Moreover the alliterative element is considerable; the poet starts with two perfect lines, and ll.
It is written, like all old Teutonic work of the kind, in alliterative unrhymed rhythm.
The light rippling melody of this stanza is due, in considerable measure, to its fine alliterative structure.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism | F. V. N. Painter