- Prosody. rhythmical or metrical stress.
- an epileptic seizure.
- a stroke, especially a cerebrovascular accident.
Origin of ictus
1700–10; < Latin: stroke, thrust, equivalent to īc(ere) to strike with a weapon + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for ictus
The conclusion is that "ictus in conflict requires a pitch-accent."English Verse
Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
Havena I missed the chance to turn out as clarissimus an ictus, as auld Grunwiggin himself?The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
The points which seem to mark the ictus, or rhythmical accent, are found on the first syllable of each of these two feet.
The metrical accent or ictus was marked in ancient notation by points placed over the accented syllable.
In so far as a mere trick of emphasis may serve to distinguish problems, this ictus indicates the sociological starting-point.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
- prosody metrical or rhythmic stress in verse feet, as contrasted with the stress accent on words
- med a sudden attack or stroke
C18: from Latin icere to strike
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Word Origin and History for ictus
verse stress, 1752, from Latin ictus "a blow, stroke, thrust," of voices "a beat, impulse, stress," from icere "to strike, hit," related to iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A sudden attack, stroke, or seizure.
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