Definition of accentuation in English:


Pronunciation: /akˌsen(t)SHo͞oˈāSH(ə)n//əkˌsen(t)SHo͞oˈāSH(ə)n/


  • 1The action of emphasizing something.

    ‘the accentuation of the Treasury's currency policy’
    • ‘With no subsidiary, secondary accentuation implied, Toscanini forces you to confront the very nature of speed.’
    • ‘And the price of buying short term relief would be the accentuation of long term pressures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His new administration looks like it will reflect this accentuation.’
    • ‘The accentuation of the finale's polka is heart-warming, the string slide on its first appearance pure magic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is precisely its accentuation of the underlying assumptions of this premeditated corporate world that gives Dream Machine's observations power and relevance.’
    • ‘Such accentuation of nonpolitical aspects of civil society provoked two major criticisms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Doug was having a good time too, every time she hit a note hard, he pounded on his cymbals for accentuation.’
    • ‘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.’
    stress, emphasis, accentuation, force, prominence
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    1. 1.1 The prominence of a thing relative to the normal.
      ‘a condition where there is an accentuation of female characteristics’
      • ‘Time has revealed that the pairs of sixteenths in the Gloria and the Te Deum are not daunting but comfortable for good rhythmic 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.’
      • ‘I found that phrases in the opening got lost because of some odd accentuations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A different kind of divergence occurs when the accentuation of words changes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inverted dotting was also used by some 17th-century English composers, because it suits the accentuation of the English language.’
      • ‘She identifies that spoken word poetry has its own qualities: dynamics, pitch, accentuation, rhythmic delivery, and tempo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 The manner in which accents are apparent in pronunciation, or indicated in writing.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gleeful and condescending was his intonation, contoured by the mandolin accentuation of Italian.’
      stress, cadence, rhythm, accentuation, intonation, emphasis, modulation, metre, measure, rise and fall, swing, lilt, beat, change of pitch, change of tone, change of timbre
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