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heroic couplet

noun Prosody.

a stanza consisting of two rhyming lines in iambic pentameter, especially one forming a rhetorical unit and written in an elevated style, as, Know then thyself, presume not God to scan / The proper study of Mankind is Man.


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Nearby words

herodians, herodias, herodotus, heroic, heroic age, heroic couplet, heroic drama, heroic poem, heroic quatrain, heroic stanza, heroic verse

Origin of heroic couplet

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for heroic couplet

heroic couplet


prosody a verse form consisting of two rhyming lines in iambic pentameter
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