- a trisyllabic foot, the arrangement of the syllables of which is long, short, long in quantitative meter, or stressed, unstressed, stressed in accentual meter, as anodyne, an accentual amphimacer.
Origin of amphimacer
Also called cre·tic [kree-tik] /ˈkri tɪk/.
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Examples from the Web for cretic
The Kaiser supplied him with these figures, just as the Cretic approached Morocco.The Education of Henry Adams
Yes, to the Cretic, which left dock the very night in which we are so deeply interested.The Golden Slipper
Anna Katharine Green
The metre is dochmiac, each dochmius consisting of an iambus followed by a cretic, .The Modes of Ancient Greek Music
David Binning Monro
Cicero preferred the cretic – ∪ – which he says is the metrical equivalent of the paean.
- prosody a metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first long, the second short, and the third long (– ◡ –)Also called: amphimacer Compare amphibrach
C16: from Latin crēticus consisting of the amphimacer, literally: Cretan, from Greek krētikos, from Krētē Crete
- prosody another word for cretic
C16: from Latin amphimacrus, from Greek amphimakros both ends being long, from amphi- + makros long
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