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First attested in 1825; formed as pro- +‎ preantepenultimate; compare the later propreantepenult (1893).

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propreantepenultimate (not comparable)

  1. (rare) The last syllable but four (of a word or other utterance).
    The word minimalism is stressed on its propreantepenultimate syllable.
    • 1825, Samuel Oliver, A General, Critical Grammar of the Inglish Language, pages 269⁽¹⁾ and 270⁽²⁾
      ⁽¹⁾ In its minute divisions, accent is ultimate, penultimate, antepenultimate, preantepenultimate, propreantepenultimate.
      ⁽²⁾ The propreantepenultimate accent is the accent on the last syllable but four.

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