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[sing-kuh-pey-shuh n, sin-]
  1. Music. a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats.
  2. something, as a rhythm or a passage of music, that is syncopated.
  3. Also called counterpoint, counterpoint rhythm. Prosody. the use of rhetorical stress at variance with the metrical stress of a line of verse, as the stress on and and of in Come praise Colonus' horses and come praise/The wine-dark of the wood's intricacies.
  4. Grammar. syncope.
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Origin of syncopation

1525–35; < Medieval Latin syncopātiōn- (stem of syncopātiō), equivalent to Late Latin syncopāt(us) (see syncopate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·syn·co·pa·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-syncopation


  1. music
    1. the displacement of the usual rhythmic accent away from a strong beat onto a weak beat
    2. a note, beat, rhythm, etc, produced by syncopation
  2. another word for syncope (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for non-syncopation



1530s, "contraction of a word by omission of middle sounds," from Medieval Latin syncopationem (nominative syncopatio) "a shortening or contraction," from syncopare "to shorten," also "to faint away, to swoon," from Late Latin syncope (see syncope). Musical sense is attested from 1590s.

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