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  • adj. pertaining to a word in any language, originally in ancient Greek, with the stress (or an acute accent) on the antepenultimate syllable.
  • n. a proparoxytone word

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word which has the acute accent on the antepenult.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Greek grammar, having or characterized by the acute accent on the antepenultimate: sometimes applied to words in English and other languages to signify that they have the tonic accent on the antepenultimate.
  • In Greek grammar, a word which has the acute accent on the antepenultimate.
  • In Greek grammar, to write or pronounce (a word) with the acute accent on the antepenultimate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. word having stress or acute accent on the antepenult


Greek προπαροξύτονος, from προ- + παροξύτονος ‘paroxytone, penultimate’, from παρα- + οξυτονος ‘word with stress on final syllable’, from οξυς ‘sharp, acute’ + τονος ‘pitch, accent’. (Wiktionary)


  • And all hearts were touched and turned to her voice, shining like a young star, shining clearer as the voice intoned the proparoxytone and more faintly as the cadence died.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • As compared with Italian and Spanish, it may be noted that the Provencal has no proparoxytone words, and hence a whole class of words is brought into the two categories possible in Provencal.

    Frederic Mistral


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