Origin of spondee
Examples from the Web for spondee
Rather, remarked Spondee, let us fare forward upon this street and see what happens.Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
Now the medium of these is about fourteen syllables; because the dactyle is a more frequent foot in hexameters than the spondee.
The Spondee, a foot of two long syllables, when admitted into the Iambic measure, adds much to the solemnity of the movement.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
Mr. Fabian kneeled like a dactyle: Mr. Jeremiah kneeled like a spondee, or rather like a molossus.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2|Thomas de Quincey
Spondee, who is a critic, is seldom out of this fine man's company.The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899|George A. Aitken
British Dictionary definitions for spondee
Word Origin for spondee
Word Origin and History for spondee
late 14c., "metrical foot consisting of two long syllables," from Old French spondee, from Latin spondeus, from Greek spondeios (pous), the name of the meter originally used in chants accompanying libations, from sponde "solemn libation," related to spendein "make a drink offering," from PIE root *spend- "to make an offering, perform a rite," hence "to engage oneself by a ritual act" (cf. Latin spondere "to engage oneself, promise," Hittite shipantahhi "I pour out a libation, I sacrifice").