/ (ˈkriːtɪk) /
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prosody a metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first long, the second short, and the third long (– ◡ –)Also called: amphimacer Compare amphibrach
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Word Origin for cretic
C16: from Latin crēticus consisting of the amphimacer, literally: Cretan, from Greek krētikos, from Krētē Crete
Words nearby cretic
cresylic, cretaceous, Cretan, Cretan bull, Crete, cretic, cretin, cretinism, cretinize, cretonne, cretons
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How to use cretic in a sentence
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.
Yes, to the Cretic, which left dock the very night in which we are so deeply interested.The Golden Slipper|Anna Katharine Green
The Kaiser supplied him with these figures, just as the Cretic approached Morocco.The Education of Henry Adams|Henry Adams