Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
late Middle English; Greek from Old French spondée, from Latin spondēus, from Greek spondeios, from spondēa ritual libation; from the use of spondee in the music that characteristically accompanied such ceremonies, exact date unknown
Synonyms
  • foot
  • metrical foot
  • trochee
Antonyms
  • pyrrhic
Definition
in poetry, a "foot" of two syllables, both of which are long in quantitative meter or stressed in accentual meter
Example
A) Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem, "Pied Beauty" uses spondee heavily in its structure. B) The poetry professor wanted the class to identify when the poems employed a spondee.
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