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anapaest

/ ˈænəpɛst; -piːst /

noun

  1. prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, the first two short, the last long ( )


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Derived Forms

  • ˌanaˈpaestic, adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of anapaest1

C17: via Latin from Greek anapaistos reversed (that is, a dactyl reversed), from anapaiein, from ana- back + paiein to strike
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Example Sentences

"Home," by Margaret Mahon, is a poem in that rather popular modern measure which seems to waver betwixt the iambus and anapaest.

Again, I should say, anapaestic—but this anapaest and amphibrach quarrel is ἄσπονδος.

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