Definition of accentuation in English:

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Pronunciation: /əkˌsen(t)SHo͞oˈāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /akˌsen(t)SHo͞oˈāSH(ə)n/


1The action of emphasizing something: the accentuation of the Treasury’s currency policy
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  • With no subsidiary, secondary accentuation implied, Toscanini forces you to confront the very nature of speed.
  • Perhaps, accentuation of this trend is directly proportional to giving a fillip to the village economy, which is now over-dependent on the milch cows, following the failure of agriculture owing to the rain playing truant.
  • So, for Tubby's version of the song, he kept things as simple as he could: crank up the bass, the drums, and the looping guitar lick, and strip out all but a smattering of Badoo vocal samples that he uses as accentuation.
1.1The prominence of a thing relative to the normal: a condition where there is an accentuation of female characteristics
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  • I found that phrases in the opening got lost because of some odd accentuations.
  • They have traditionally attempted to respect the text's accentuation by matching accented syllables to accented beats in the music, thus highlighting both rhythm and sense, often to the benefit of both words and music.
  • Indeed, the doctrine of affect - which can be loosely defined as expressive articulation governed by stress and accentuation - was the bread and butter of baroque aesthetics.
1.2The manner in which accents are apparent in pronunciation, or indicated in writing.
Example sentences
  • Gleeful and condescending was his intonation, contoured by the mandolin accentuation of Italian.
  • In addition to Romanizing the Greek alphabet in this line, Billy Blue, against Greek poetic practice, is given to singing rhymed couplets, with Caribbean accentuation.

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Syllabification: ac·cen·tu·a·tion

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