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Arsis

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Arsis (Pros) That elevation of voice now called metrical accentuation, or the rhythmic accent.
    • Arsis (Pros) That part of a foot where the ictus is put, or which is distinguished from the rest (known as the thesis) of the foot by a greater stress of voice.
    • Arsis (Mus) The elevation of the hand, or that part of the bar at which it is raised, in beating time; the weak or unaccented part of the bar; -- opposed to thesis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arsis In prosody: Originally, the metrically unaccented part of a foot, as opposed to the thesis or part which receives the ictus or metrical stress.
    • n arsis In prevalent modern usage, that part of a foot which bears the ictus or metrical accent, as opposed to the metrically unaccented part, called the thesis. According to the original Greek usage, arsis denoted the raising of the foot in dancing, or of the hand in beating time, and therefore the unaccented part of the metrical foot, and thesis the fall of the foot or of the hand in dancing or beating time, and therefore the accented part of the prosodial foot. Latin writers show great confusion in the application of these terms, sometimes employing them in conformity with Greek usage, sometimes interchanging their meaning, sometimes assigning still other meanings to them. Some modern writers have employed them with their original Greek significations, as given above under : but the meanings given under, and believed to be supported by the Latin writers, are those generally adopted at the present time.
    • n arsis In physiol. acoustics, a periodical increase in the intensity of a sound, producing a rhythmical effect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Arsis ar′sis grammatical term applied to the elevation of the voice to a higher pitch in speaking:
    • n Arsis ar′sis (mus.) the strong position in a bar: the strong syllable in English metre
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. arsis, Gr. 'a`rsis a raising or lifting, an elevation of the voice, fr. a'i`rein to raise or lift up. Its ordinary use is the result of am early misapprehension; originally and properly it denotes the lifting, of the hand in beating time, and hence the unaccented part of the rhythm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. arsisairein, to lift.

Usage

In literature:

At last, Carbo sent a large body of cavalry against Pompey, near the river Arsis.
"The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch" by Plutarch
The syllable which receives the ictus is called the thesis; the rest of the foot is called the arsis.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
The circumstance, however, of the last half of the third foot requiring an arsis, brings us only half way towards the doctrine of the caesura.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Arsis, of pulsation, 24.
"Climatic Changes" by Ellsworth Huntington
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In news:

Arsis Premiere Pre-Production Demo of New Song, "Choking on Sand".
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