n. unstressed syllable (Poetry); upbeat (Music)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • anacrusis — noun (plural anacruses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek anakrousis beginning of a song, from anakrouein to begin a song, from ana + krouein to strike, beat; akin to Lithuanian kraušyti to strike Date: 1830 1. one or more syllables at the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anacrusis — anacrustic /an euh krus tik/, adj. anacrustically, adv. /an euh krooh sis/, n., pl. anacruses / krooh seez/. 1. Pros. an unstressed syllable or syllable group that begins a line of verse but is not counted as part of the first foot. 2. Music. the …   Universalium

  • anacrusis — [ˌanə kru:sɪs] noun (plural anacruses si:z) Prosody one or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a verse. Origin C19: mod. L., from Gk anakrousis prelude , from ana up + krousis striking …   English new terms dictionary

  • anacrusis — n. (pl. anacruses) 1 (in poetry) an unstressed syllable at the beginning of a verse. 2 Mus. an unstressed note or notes before the first bar line. Etymology: Gk anakrousis (as ANA , krousis f. krouo strike) …   Useful english dictionary

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