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cretic Syllabification: cre·tic
Pronunciation: /ˈkrēdik/

Definition of cretic in English:


A metrical foot containing one short or unstressed syllable between two long or stressed ones.
Example sentences
  • Thus, for example, when illustrating cretic dipodia the elements 2 and 5 are rendered as short, i. e. ‘pure’ cretics
  • Among the hardy perennials, quatrains and sonnets, we encounter such exotic metrical cultivars as sapphics and cretics.
  • Only a short time ago, such a call would have been greeted with bewildered questions about what exactly anapests, sapphics, trochees, cretics, dactyls, amphibrachs (my favorite), and alcaics were.


Late 16th century: from Latin Creticus, from Greek Krētikos, from Krētē 'Crete'.

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