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- n. The last syllable of a word except two; an antepenult.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The last syllable but two of a word, as syl in monosyllable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the 3rd syllable of a word counting back from the end
The French in his whole language hath not one word that hath his accent in the last syllable saving two, called antepenultima, and little more hath the Spanish; and therefore very gracelessly may they use dactyls.
The accent placed on the penultima of [Greek: Theophoros], as the word is written in the saint's acts, denotes it of an active signification, _one that carrieth God_; but of the passive, _carried of God_, if placed on the antepenultima.
In this example, the two last syllables have the assonance; although this is not invariable, it sometimes falling on the antepenultima and the final syllable.
If _ [Greek: ** anthropos] _ was to be pronounced in common conversation with a perceptible distinction of the length of the penultima as well as of the elevation of the antepenultima, why was not that long quantity also marked?
'' Ayavov, Cum accentu in antepenultima, fignificac liginim fraclum, aut aridum, vcl fragile.
_antepenultima_ as to say [_co-ue ` ra ` ble_] ye shall seldome or perchance neuer find one to make vp rime with him vnlesse it be badly and by abuse, and therefore in all such long _polisillables_ ye doe commonly giue two sharpe accents, and thereby reduce him into two feete as in this word
_antepenultima_ there reacheth no accent (which is chiefe cause of the cadence) vnlesse it be vsurpation in some English words, to which we giue
_antepenultima_ there was (among the Latines) none accent audible in any long word, therfore to deuise any foote of longer measure then of three times was to them but superfluous: because all aboue the number of three are but compounded of their inferiours.
Your feete of three times by prescription of the Latine Grammariens are of eight sundry proportions, for some notable difference appearing in euery sillable of three falling in a word of that size: but because aboue the antepenultima there was (among the Latines) none accent audible in any long word, therefore to deuise any foote of longer measure then of three times was to them but superfluous: because all aboue the number of three are but compounded of their inferiours.