paroxytone

[puh-rok-si-tohn]Classical Greek Grammar

adjective

having an acute accent on the next to the last syllable.

noun

a paroxytone word.

Origin of paroxytone

1755–65; < New Latin paroxytonus < Greek paroxýtonos. See par-, oxytone
Related formspar·ox·y·ton·ic [par-ok-si-ton-ik, puh-rok-] /ˌpær ɒk sɪˈtɒn ɪk, pəˌrɒk-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paroxytone

paroxytone

adjective

(in the classical Greek language) of, relating to, or denoting words having an acute accent on the next to last syllable

noun

a paroxytone word
Compare oxytone
Derived Formsparoxytonic (ˌpærɒksɪˈtɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for paroxytone

C18: via New Latin from Greek paroxutonos, from para- 1 (beside) + -oxutonos oxytone
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