See also: Oxia


Alternative formsEdit


From the Ancient Greek ὀξεῖᾰ (oxeîa), an elliptical use for ἡ ὀξεῖᾰ προσῳδῐ́ᾱ (hē oxeîa prosōidíā, the acute accent) (, the nominative feminine singular form of , ho, “the”, the definite article) + ὀξεῖᾰ (okseia, the nominative feminine singular form of ὀξῠ́ς, oksus, “sharp”, of sound “shrill”, of tones “high-pitched”) + προσῳδῐ́ᾱ (prosōdiā, “variation in pitch of the speaking voice”, “pronunciation of a syllable on a certain pitch”, “a mark [i.e., a diacritic] indicating normally unwritten differences of pronunciation, viz. vowel quantity, breathing, and pitch”).



oxia (plural oxiae)

  1. (orthography and typography) An Ancient Greek pitch-marking diacritic: ⟨ ´ ⟩; written atop vowels, it denotes high pitch on short vowels, and rising pitch on long vowels and diphthongs.

Usage notesEdit

  • In a diphthong, the oxia is written atop the second of the two vowels.
  • The oxia is virtually identical in form to the Latin-script acute accent: ⟨ ´ ⟩.
  • The Modern Greek stress-marking diacritic, the tonos: ⟨ ΄ ⟩, was originally designed as a vertical line, thereby constituting a compromise of forms between the Ancient Greek oxia and baria; nevertheless, the oxia and tonos have identical appearance in all but the most scrupulous typesetting.


See alsoEdit

Other Ancient Greek diacritics