Music. a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats.
something, as a rhythm or a passage of music, that is syncopated.
- non·syn·co·pa·tion, noun
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How to use syncopation in a sentence
Instead, the Meters strutted, turning down the volume and finding unlikely, hip-turning melodies in complex syncopations.Leo Nocentelli’s long-lost folk-funk album sees the light of day, 50 years later | John Lingan | November 19, 2021 | Washington Post
You would need to go back to the 19th century to find rhythms in popular music with so little syncopation.
The result is an effect of syncopation which is peculiarly forceful.How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. | Henry Edward Krehbiel
The purpose of the time step is to get the syncopation into the dancing step, and establish the "tempo" of the dance.The Art of Stage Dancing | Ned Wayburn
He moved slowly, painfully, one leg striking the pavement in syncopation, for it was sadly crippled by disease.Melomaniacs | James Huneker
The rhythm may be said to be a sort of spite-rhythm, very decisive in most cases, but most of the time in syncopation.Franz Liszt | James Huneker
Suggested by the poster commending a recent Revue as "the last word in syncopation."
British Dictionary definitions for syncopation
the displacement of the usual rhythmic accent away from a strong beat onto a weak beat
a note, beat, rhythm, etc, produced by syncopation
another word for syncope (def. 2)
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