imparisyllabic love

Definitions

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  • adj. Not having the same number of syllables in all its inflections (especially of Greek or Latin nouns); for example, the Latin word pars, which has the genitive form partis.
  • n. An imparisyllabic noun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not consisting of an equal number of syllables; ; as, lapis, lapidis; mens, mentis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not consisting of an equal number of syllables.

Etymologies

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From Latin impar ("unequal") + syllabic.

Examples

  • In the first example the unaccented syllable with which the imparisyllabic (odd) verse should end is omitted in the second and fourth lines.

    Miscellany

  • That species of our verse wherein the accent falls on all the odd syllables, I shall call, from that circumstance, odd or imparisyllabic verse.

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  • In imparisyllabic verse none, because that consists of trochees invariably; if an unaccented syllable happens to be prefixed to the verse, he will discover it by the number of syllables.

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  • An odd number of syllables with a single rhyme, or an even number with a double rhyme, prove the verse to be imparisyllabic.

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  • If he can find in the piece any one word the accent of which he already knows, that word will enable him to distinguish if it be parisyllabic or imparisyllabic.

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Comments

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  • sprung rhythm is rather elastic

    With changes from small to the drastic,

    So words you thought odd

    Can be even trod

    Though looking imparisyllabic.

    July 27, 2017