noun, sometimes capitalized
pher·​e·​crat·​ic | \ ¦ferə¦kratik \
variants: or less commonly pherecratean \ -​krātēən \ or pherecratian \ -​āshən \
plural -s

Definition of pherecratic

: a variable classical verse or rhythmic system having three feet of which typically one is a dactyl and two are spondees

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History and Etymology for pherecratic

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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