pherecratic

noun

pher·​e·​crat·​ic
¦ferə¦kratik
variants or less commonly pherecratean
-krātēən
or pherecratian
-āshən
plural -s
sometimes capitalized
prosody
: a variable classical verse or rhythmic system having three feet of which typically one is a dactyl and two are spondees

Word History

Etymology

pherecratic from Pherecrates, 5th century b.c. Greek poet (from Greek Pherekratēs) + English -ic; pherecratean alteration of pherecratian, from Late Latin pherecratius of Pherecrates (from Greek pherekrateios, from Pherekratēs) + English -an

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“Pherecratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pherecratic. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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