First attested in 1893; formed as pro- +‎ preantepenult; compare the earlier propreantepenultimate (1825).



propreantepenult (plural not attested)

  1. (rare) The last syllable but four; the fifth-to-last syllable (of a word or other utterance); a word’s or other utterance’s propreantepenultimate syllable.
    The word dis·ín·te·res·ted·ly is stressed on the propreantepenult.
    • 1893, Robert Irving Fulton and Thomas Clarkson Trueblood, Practical Elements of Elocution[1], 3rd edition, page 273:
      When the propreantepenult is the last strong syllable, use the Pentad.
    • 1946, Harry Charles McKown, Home Room Guidance[2], 2nd edition, page 2:
      There was a time [] when he could define onomatopoeia, propreantepenult, and give examples of dactyl and anapaest.

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