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arsis

[ ahr-sis ]
/ ˈɑr sɪs /
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noun, plural ar·ses [ahr-seez]. /ˈɑr siz/.
Music. the upward stroke in conducting; upbeat.Compare thesis (def. 4).
Prosody.
  1. the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus or stress.
  2. (less commonly) a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus.Compare thesis (def. 5).
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Origin of arsis

1350–1400; Middle English: raising the voice <Latin <Greek, equivalent to ar- (stem of aírein to raise, lift) + -sis-sis
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British Dictionary definitions for arsis

arsis
/ (ˈɑːsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
(in classical prosody) the long syllable or part on which the ictus falls in a metrical footCompare thesis (def. 6)

Word Origin for arsis

C18: via Late Latin from Greek, from airein to raise
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