Origin of anapest
Examples from the Web for anapest
An Anapest is a three-syllable foot accented on the last syllable.
“Anapest” comes from a Greek verb which means “strike back”; an anapest is a reversed dactyl.Practical English Composition: Book II.|Edwin L. Miller
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.
But Voltaire now quit the anapest and dactyl and devoted his best hours to taking fencing lessons.
The trochee and the dactyl are interchangeable; and the iambus and the anapest are interchangeable.
Word Origin and History for anapest
also anapaest, "two short syllables followed by a long one," 1670s, from Latin anapestus, from Greek anapaistos "struck back, rebounding," verbal adjective from anapaiein "to strike back," from ana- "back" (see ana-) + paiein "to strike," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (see pave). So called because it reverses the dactyl.