Definition of arsis in English:


Line breaks: arsis
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːsɪs

noun (plural arses /-siːz/)

  • A stressed syllable or part of a metrical foot in Greek or Latin verse. Often contrasted with thesis ( sense 3).
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    • Comparable to the inversion of geometric patterns, a melodic line could be played in reverse order (temporal thesis) or inverted and presented as the mirror image of the original (temporal arsis).


late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, literally 'lifting', from airein 'raise'.

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