plural semicadences

Definition of semicadence 

: a musical cadence that does not end on the tonic (see tonic entry 1 sense 3) note or on a root-position tonic harmony especially : half cadence

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First Known Use of semicadence

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semicadence

semi- + cadence

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The first known use of semicadence was in 1876

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