Definition of oxytone in English:


Line breaks: oxy|tone
Pronunciation: /ˈɒksɪtəʊn


(Especially in ancient Greek) having an acute accent on the last syllable. Compare with paroxytone.
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  • The general rhythm of the language clips seems to show a preference for oxytone words.
  • This development was perhaps posterior to the substitution of the pronominal ending in the oxytone neuter o-stems because the latter did not affect the u-stems.


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A word having an acute accent on the last syllable.
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  • There are also a good many cases in which the French name ends in a weak e and would produce an oxytone.
  • A word bearing the acute upon the ultima is known as an oxytone, one with the acute upon the penult as a paroxytone, one with the acute upon the antepenult as a proparoxytone.


mid 18th century: from Greek oxutonos, from oxus 'sharp' + tonos 'tone'.

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