tonic accent

noun

Definition of tonic accent

1 : relative phonetic prominence (as from greater stress or higher pitch) of a spoken syllable or word
2 : accent depending on pitch rather than stress

First Known Use of tonic accent

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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