One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stressed syllable or part of a metrical foot in Greek or Latin verse.Often contrasted with thesis (sense 3)
- ‘Comparable to the inversion of geometric patterns, a melodic line could be played in reverse order (temporal thesis) or inverted and presented as the mirror image of the original (temporal arsis).’
Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, literally ‘lifting’, from airein ‘raise’.
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