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A metrical foot containing one short or unstressed syllable between two long or stressed ones.
- ‘Among the hardy perennials, quatrains and sonnets, we encounter such exotic metrical cultivars as sapphics and cretics.’
- ‘Only a short time ago, such a call would have been greeted with bewildered questions about what exactly anapests, sapphics, trochees, cretics, dactyls, amphibrachs (my favorite), and alcaics were.’
- ‘Thus, for example, when illustrating cretic dipodia the elements 2 and 5 are rendered as short, i. e. ‘pure’ cretics’
- ‘He points out that bacchiacs, common in other plays, are rare here, and so are anapaests, and considers this to be because they are by nature slow, compared with the faster cretics and trochees, and it is true that this play (for whatever reason) does move at a great pace.’
Late 16th century: from Latin Creticus, from Greek Krētikos, from Krētē ‘Crete’.
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