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iambic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj iambic of or consisting of iambs "iambic pentameter"
    • n iambic a verse line consisting of iambs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Iambic A satirical poem (such poems having been anciently written in iambic verse); a satire; a lampoon.
    • Iambic (Pros) A verse composed of iambic feet.
    • Iambic (Pros) An iambic foot; an iambus.
    • Iambic (Pros) Consisting of a short syllable followed by a long one, or of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented; as, an iambic foot.
    • Iambic Pertaining to, or composed of, iambics; as, an iambic verse; iambic meter. See Lambus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • iambic Pertaining to the iambus; employing iambics: as, iambic meter; an iambic poet.
    • iambic Consisting of an iambus, or of iambics: as, an iambic foot; an iambic verse or poem.
    • n iambic In prosody: Same as iambus
    • n iambic Averse or metrical period consisting of iambi. Iambics have been a favorite or prevalent form of verse in the poetry of many nations. They were used among the Greeks from early times in popular poetry, especially of a festive or a vituperative character. English heroic verse is the iambic pentapody or trimeter brachycatalectic . Iambics of various lengths form the great bulk of all English poetry, other meters being comparatively rare. See choliamb, Hipponactean, ischiorrhogic, scazon, trimeter, senarius, septenarius, octonarius.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Iambic consisting of iambics
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. iambicus, Gr. : cf. F. iambique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. iambos, from iaptein, to assail, this metre being first used by writers of satire.

Usage

In literature:

At last we are free from the tyranny of the iambic, and have variety beyond the comparative freedom of the trochee.
"The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory" by George Saintsbury
His most fervent admirers were, perhaps, poor judges of Greek iambics.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
They want something besides revolutionary iambics now.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
All the rest, except iambic, are become insufferable to me.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
Iambic words may become pyrrhics, on account of the stress accent on the first syllable.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
Legal Iambics in Prose, 525.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
The trimeter iambic is a foot longer than our heroic measure.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
The average quatrain is in iambic pentameter with alternate lines rhyming.
"Rhymes and Meters" by Horatio Winslow
Because of his iambics, he has a niche in the hearts of the polite.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
The recitation of these iambics may already have nearly approached to theatrical declamation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
The tendency of both is towards iambic rhythm, but it is not exclusively manifested as in later verse.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
The beat is iambic, but the natural accent of the words is rigidly observed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
The forms of verse created by this need were the Elegiac and the Iambic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5" by Various
They are like the lampoons of Archilochus and the early Greek Iambic writers, purely personal in their object.
"The Roman Poets of the Republic" by W. Y. Sellar
The first requirements of the sonnet, then, are that it shall have fourteen lines, and that these lines shall be iambic pentameters.
"The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces" by Joyce Kilmer
The lighter chants are in threes or fours, and consist of iambics and trochees irregularly.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The lighter chants are in threes or fours, and consist of iambics and trochees irregularly.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The lighter chants are in threes or fours, and consist of iambics and trochees irregularly.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
BEATSON'S PROGRESSIVE EXERCISES ON THE COMPOSITION OF GREEK IAMBIC VERSE.
"Whittaker & Co.'s List of Classical, Educational and Technical Works" by Whittaker & Co.
The recitatives are in blank iambic verse.
"Ossian in Germany" by Rudolf Tombo
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In poetry:

So from the fence where home should lie
In flight above are found to hover
Seas unexpected as a sigh.
So first iambics they discover.
"So they begin. With two years gone..." by Boris Pasternak
A god, Maecenas! yea, a god hath proved the very curse of me!
If my iambics are not done, pray, do not think the worse of me;
Anacreon for young Bathyllus burned without apology,
And wept his simple measures on a sample of conchology.
"A Tardy Apology" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Williams is one of the principle architects of the American Voice in poetry that would establish OUR voice as distinct from the traditional iambic pentameter of Shakespearean English.
The sonnet, derived from the Occitan word sonnet and the Italian word sonetto, meaning "little poems ", consists of 14 lines, each containing ten syllables written in iambic pentameter.
T hey are young, they are angry, they speak in iambic pentameter and they have just begun a revolution.
Hip-hop rhymes and similes replace iambic pentameter in this Shakespeare 'ad-rap-tation'.
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