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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Of the whole number, nine begin on the full bar, eleven on the arsis.The Central Eskimo
They exhibited a more or less regular alternation of arsis and thesis.English Verse
Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
Examples of resolution of the first arsis are very numerous, cninga wldor El.
All of these unaccented syllables are reckoned together as one thesis, as against the accented syllable or arsis.
A strengthened thesis occurs only after the second arsis; this sub-type might therefore be designated A3b.
- (in classical prosody) the long syllable or part on which the ictus falls in a metrical footCompare thesis (def. 6)
C18: via Late Latin from Greek, from airein to raise
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