arsis

noun ar·sis \ ˈär-səs \

Definition of arsis

plural arses play \-ˌsēz\
1 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
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


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