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accentus (uncountable)

  1. (logic) Ambiguity arising when the meaning of a sentence is changed by placing an unusual prosodic stress, or when, in a written passage, it is left unclear which word the emphasis was supposed to fall on.
  2. (music) A style of church music that emphasizes spoken word.
    Coordinate term: concentus

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Etymology edit

From accinō (sing to), from ad- +‎ canō (sing), a calque of Ancient Greek προσῳδία (prosōidía, song sung to music; pronunciation of syllable), from πρός (prós, to) +‎ ᾠδή (ōidḗ, song).

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accentus m (genitive accentūs); fourth declension

  1. a blast, signal
  2. (phonology) accent, tone, accentuation
  3. (figuratively) intensity, violence

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Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative accentus accentūs
Genitive accentūs accentuum
Dative accentuī accentibus
Accusative accentum accentūs
Ablative accentū accentibus
Vocative accentus accentūs

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