agog·​ics | \ ə-ˈgä-jiks, -ˈgō-giks \

Definition of agogics

1 : the musical theory that rhetorical emphasis involves not only dynamic stress but also the emphasis implied in the greater relative length of the tones to be emphasized — compare rubato
2 : the quantitative aspect of musical nuances involving all variations from the rigid basic meter (as of retard, pause, accelerando)

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First Known Use of agogics

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agogics

German agogik, from Greek agōgē + German -ik -ics

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“Agogics.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agogics. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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