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proceleusmatic

[pros-uh-loos-mat-ik, proh-suh-]
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adjective
  1. inciting, animating, or inspiring.
  2. Prosody.
    1. noting a metrical foot of four short syllables.
    2. pertaining to or consisting of feet of this kind.
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noun
  1. Prosody. a proceleusmatic foot.
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Origin of proceleusmatic

1700–10; < Late Latin proceleusmaticus < Greek prokeleusmatikós literally, calling for incitement, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + keleusmat- (stem of kéleusma summons, derivative of keleúein to rouse to action) + -ikos -ic
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Historical Examples

  • The proceleusmatic foot, or four short syllables, instead of the dactyl; scen.

    View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)

    Henry Hallam


British Dictionary definitions for proceleusmatic

proceleusmatic

adjective
  1. denoting or consisting of a metrical foot of four short syllables
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noun
  1. a proceleusmatic metrical foot
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Word Origin

C18: from Late Latin proceleusmaticus, from Greek prokeleusmatikos, from prokeleuein to drive on, from pro- ² + keleuein to give orders
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