deceptive cadence


Definition of deceptive cadence

: a musical cadence in which the dominant resolves to a harmony other than the tonic (see tonic entry 2 sense 2)

called also false cadence, interrupted cadence, suspended cadence

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First Known Use of deceptive cadence

1757, in the meaning defined above

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“Deceptive cadence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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