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anapest

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noun an·a·pest \ˈa-nə-ˌpest\

Definition of anapest

  1. :  a metrical foot consisting of two short syllables followed by one long syllable or of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable (as unaware)

an·a·pes·ticplay \ˌa-nə-ˈpes-tik\ adjective or noun


Origin of anapest

Latin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos, literally, struck back (a dactyl reversed), from ana- + -paistos, verbal of paiein to strike


First Known Use: circa 1678


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