- 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.
Origin of anapest
Examples from the Web for anapest
This foot, which is the opposite of the dactyl, is known as the anapest.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism
F. V. N. Painter
“Anapest” comes from a Greek verb which means “strike back”; an anapest is a reversed dactyl.Practical English Composition: Book II.
Edwin L. Miller
Where arm in arm two dancers are entwined,And whirl themselves with strict embracements bound,their feet an anapest do sound.The Lancashire Witches
William Harrison Ainsworth
But Voltaire now quit the anapest and dactyl and devoted his best hours to taking fencing lessons.
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
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.