syn·​co·​pat·​ed | \ ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpā-təd How to pronounce syncopated (audio) , ˈsin-\

Definition of syncopated

1 : cut short : abbreviated
2 : marked by or exhibiting syncopation syncopated rhythm

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The LEOs are livelier, and their life is more syncopated. Andrew Blum, WIRED, "Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites," 25 June 2019 The Mass is led by a priest, the Celebrant, who is joined, and sometimes assaulted, by a chorus of street kids, dancers, syncopated jazz, rock, and several other forces, in frenzied antiphonal bursts, questioning the necessity of faith. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 Soderbergh specializes in great, unexpected endings, and this one has a final act that feels syncopated, weird, brainy. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Why Netflix's High Flying Bird Feels Like The Future of Movies," 8 Feb. 2019 Its syncopated contours and rat-a-tat percussion part bring to mind a Scott Joplin rag, and here Mr. Diehl applied a playful finesse. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 Royal, drummer Charles Neal and bassist James H. Leary (chipping in after bass player Andre St. James died in late May) are finely syncopated to the music and moods of the unpredictable diva., "'Lady Day' tells Billie Holiday's story in richly layered, unforgettable show," 4 June 2018 The track is a collaboration with three other producers — mainly Hudson Mohawke, along with John Hill and Peter Wade — that cunningly mutates from a sparse dembow beat through syncopated trance chords to a skein of prog-rock organ arpeggios. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: The 1975 Talk About Its Generation, and 9 More New Songs," 1 June 2018 The electric guitar, in many ways, became in the '50s and '60s – with its syncopated, buzz-heavy, feedback screeching, accompanist – the sound of uniquely American independence. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fall of Gibson: Where have all the guitar heroes gone?," 7 May 2018 My rhythm and stuff comes more from listening to Parliament/Funkadelic and syncopated kind of rhythmic singing and Otis Redding is a very rhythmic singer. Matt Wake,, "Chris Robinson talks Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, drugs, hot new tour," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of syncopated

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of syncopated

of music : of, relating to, or having a rhythm that stresses the weak beats instead of the strong beats

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