What does anacrusis mean?

anacrusis meaning in General Dictionary

A prefix of just one or two unaccented syllables to a verse correctly beginning with an accented syllable

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  • A prefix of one or two unaccented syllables to a verse precisely beginning with an accented syllable.

anacrusis meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"unstressed syllable at the beginning of a verse," 1833, Latinized from Greek anakrousis "a pushing back," of a ship, "backing liquid," from anakrouein "to break the rules, end short, examine," from ana- "back" (see ana-) + krouein "to hit," from PIE *kreue- (2) "to drive, strike" (cognates: Russian krusit, Lithuanian krusu "to smash, shatter," Old Church Slavonic kruchu "piece, little food," Old English hreowian "feel pain or sorrow," Old Norse hryggja "make sad").


anacrusis meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A prefix of 1 or two unaccented syllables to a verse precisely starting with an accented syllable.