ionic displacement

noun

Definition of ionic displacement

: the occurrence in iambic meter of a pyrrhic foot followed or sometimes preceded by a spondaic foot that together create an ionic cadence (as in the third and fourth feet in Shakespeare's line “when to the sessions of sweet silent thought” óo|oó|oo|óó|oó)

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“Ionic displacement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ionic%20displacement. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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