Definition of accentuation in English:

accentuation

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or fact of accentuating or of being accentuated.

    ‘the accentuation of the Treasury's currency policy’
    ‘a condition with accentuation of female characteristics’
    • ‘So, for Tubby's version of the song, he kept things as simple as he could: crank up the bass, the drums, and the looping guitar lick, and strip out all but a smattering of Badoo vocal samples that he uses as accentuation.’
    • ‘His new administration looks like it will reflect this accentuation.’
    • ‘On the one hand, African cultures reflect and participate in the worldwide accentuation of inequalities, as well as the globalization of desires and the creation of a young people's market in (mostly American) consumer products.’
    • ‘This movement sounded a bit broader than I am used to or would have expected: it plays with acuteness and every note gets its accentuation, its declamation.’
    • ‘Its strengths include: its fanning the flames of love of God and neighbor, insistence that head religion alone is inadequate, its accentuation of the importance of prayer, and its valuing of the solitary way.’
    • ‘The result was the accentuation of a fundamental conflict in the university's mission between furthering the pursuit of truth and serving the needs of established power.’
    • ‘And the price of buying short term relief would be the accentuation of long term pressures.’
    • ‘If a traditional tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is performed on this type of patient, there will be a limited improvement of the belly with persistence, and maybe even an accentuation, of the hip, back, and buttocks deformities.’
    • ‘There's even the familiar accentuation of all odours on the streets; a very warm breeze; heck, even the bus driver played some Hindi songs.’
    • ‘The accentuation of Edwards' religious leanings does not feel overbearing, but natural and earnest; a man who has relinquished his soul and put his faith in something admittedly supreme.’
    • ‘Such accentuation of nonpolitical aspects of civil society provoked two major criticisms.’
    • ‘Doug was having a good time too, every time she hit a note hard, he pounded on his cymbals for accentuation.’
    • ‘Duncan's accentuation of the foot's flatness and contact with the ground was further emphasized by her love of dancing on lawns in order to feel the earth between her toes.’
    • ‘The accentuation of the finale's polka is heart-warming, the string slide on its first appearance pure magic.’
    • ‘With no subsidiary, secondary accentuation implied, Toscanini forces you to confront the very nature of speed.’
    • ‘Her accentuation of the disciples' spiritual lethargy is all the more striking because she praises her female readers for displaying watchfulness, the very virtue that the disciples lack.’
    • ‘The adverse effect of such strong accentuation on individualism was the erosion of the fragile sense of solidarity, which indigenous tradition attempted to revive in the national form.’
    • ‘This in short is a highly deflationary Budget, which, far from promoting growth, would only contribute to a perpetuation and accentuation of the prevailing demand constraint.’
    • ‘It is precisely its accentuation of the underlying assumptions of this premeditated corporate world that gives Dream Machine's observations power and relevance.’
    • ‘Perhaps, accentuation of this trend is directly proportional to giving a fillip to the village economy, which is now over-dependent on the milch cows, following the failure of agriculture owing to the rain playing truant.’
    stress, emphasis, force, prominence
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    1. 1.1 The pattern of relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance.
      • ‘A different kind of divergence occurs when the accentuation of words changes.’
      • ‘This discovery consists in giving up the musical rhythm and replacing it with the rhythmic word, according to the accentuation and necessities of the texts.’
      • ‘Time has revealed that the pairs of sixteenths in the Gloria and the Te Deum are not daunting but comfortable for good rhythmic accentuation.’
      • ‘Indeed, the doctrine of affect - which can be loosely defined as expressive articulation governed by stress and accentuation - was the bread and butter of baroque aesthetics.’
      • ‘I found that phrases in the opening got lost because of some odd accentuations.’
      • ‘Inverted dotting was also used by some 17th-century English composers, because it suits the accentuation of the English language.’
      • ‘For one, the Sanskrit meter depends primarily on quantity - that is, on syllabic duration - rather than on stress, as English does; also, the riks have a tonal accentuation which cannot be introduced into English without artificiality.’
      • ‘Gleeful and condescending was his intonation, contoured by the mandolin accentuation of Italian.’
      • ‘She identifies that spoken word poetry has its own qualities: dynamics, pitch, accentuation, rhythmic delivery, and tempo.’
      • ‘In addition to Romanizing the Greek alphabet in this line, Billy Blue, against Greek poetic practice, is given to singing rhymed couplets, with Caribbean accentuation.’
      • ‘They have traditionally attempted to respect the text's accentuation by matching accented syllables to accented beats in the music, thus highlighting both rhythm and sense, often to the benefit of both words and music.’
      • ‘It is sometimes a bit too easy and didactic to consistently underline such things as radical modulations or harmonic shifts, by means of accentuation, rhetorical pauses, ritardandos, etc.’
      stress, cadence, rhythm, intonation, emphasis, modulation, metre, measure, rise and fall, swing, lilt, beat, change of pitch, change of tone, change of timbre
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Origin

Late 15th century: in early use from medieval Latin accentuatio(n-); in later use (early 19th century) from accentuate.

Pronunciation

accentuation

/əksɛntʃuːˈeɪʃ(ə)n/