noun ar·sis \ˈär-səs\

Definition of arsis



play \-ˌsēz\
  1. 1a :  the lighter or shorter part of a poetic foot especially in quantitative verseb :  the accented or longer part of a poetic foot especially in accentual verse

  2. 2 :  the unaccented part of a musical measure — compare thesis

Origin and Etymology 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

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