noun ar·sis \ˈär-səs\
plural ar·ses \-ˌsēz\

Definition of ARSIS

a :  the lighter or shorter part of a poetic foot especially in quantitative verse
b :  the accented or longer part of a poetic foot especially in accentual verse
:  the unaccented part of a musical measure — compare thesis

Origin of ARSIS

Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin, raising of the voice, accented part of foot, from Greek, upbeat, less important part of foot, literally, act of lifting, from aeirein, airein to lift
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with ARSIS


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