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Definition of "accentual" [ac•cen•tu•al]

  • Of or relating to accent. (adjective)
  • Based on stress accents: accentual rhythm; accentual verse. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "accentual" in a sentence
  • "If this is done there will be in common English verse only two possible feet—the so-called accentual Trochee and Dactyl, and correspondingly only two possible uniform rhythms, the so-called Trochaic and Dactylic."
  • "It has one stress, which falls on the only syllable, if there is only one, if there are more, then scanning as above, on the first, and so gives rise to four sorts of feet, a monosyllable and the so-called accentual Trochee, Dactyl, and the First Paeon."
  • "English verse only two possible feet -- the so-called accentual Trochee and Dactyl, and correspondingly only two possible uniform rhythms, the so-called"