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tonic accent

noun

Definition of TONIC ACCENT

1
:  relative phonetic prominence (as from greater stress or higher pitch) of a spoken syllable or word
2
:  accent depending on pitch rather than stress

First Known Use of TONIC ACCENT

1867

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