[pros-uh-loos-mat-ik, proh-suh-]
  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.
  1. Prosody. a proceleusmatic foot.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. denoting or consisting of a metrical foot of four short syllables
  1. a proceleusmatic metrical foot

Word Origin for proceleusmatic

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