a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter, as in for the nonce.
- an·a·pes·tic, an·a·paes·tic, adjective
- an·a·pes·ti·cal·ly, an·a·paes·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use anapest in a sentence
An anapest is a three-syllable foot accented on the last syllable.
It is hovering between the form of the first two feet and the anapest of the last foot.
This may occur when the accent is upon the last syllable of the foot; that is, when the foot is an iambus or an anapest.
It will be noted that the dactyl is very closely related in expression to the trochee, and the anapest to the iambic.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue | S. S. Curry
The trochee and the dactyl are interchangeable; and the iambus and the anapest are interchangeable.