Spondaical

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spondaical Containing spondees in excess; marked by spondees; as, a spondaic hexameter, i. e., one which has a spondee instead of a dactyl in the fifth foot.
    • Spondaical Of or pertaining to a spondee; consisting of spondees.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spondaical Same as spondaic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Spondaical pertaining to, or consisting of, spondees
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. spondaicus, spondiacus, Gr. : cf. F. spondaïque,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. spondēus (pes)—Gr. spondeios (pous), (a foot) of two syllables, so called because much used in the slow solemn hymns sung at a spondē or drink-offering—spendein, to pour out, make a libation.

Usage

In literature:

Such verses are called Spondaic.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
No English poem is entirely spondaic.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The spondaic lines convey that of slowness.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
There is in its slow spondaic movement an eternity of tears.
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
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