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also an·a·paest  (ăn′ə-pĕst′)
1. A metrical foot composed of two unaccented syllables followed by one accented one, as in the word seventeen.
2. A metrical foot in quantitative verse composed of two short syllables followed by one long one.

[Latin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos : ana-, ana- + paiein, pais-, to strike (so called because an anapest is a reversed dactyl); see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·pes′tic adj.


(ˈænəpɛst; -piːst) or


(Poetry) prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, the first two short, the last long (˘˘¯)
[C17: via Latin from Greek anapaistos reversed (that is, a dactyl reversed), from anapaiein, from ana- back + paiein to strike]
ˌanaˈpaestic, ˌanaˈpestic, ˌanaˈpaestical adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anapaest - a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm


anapest [ˈænəpiːst] Nanapesto m


, (US) anapest
n (Poet) → Anapäst m
References in classic literature ?
tis an anapaest of AEschylus which expresses grief perfectly.
Mansfield's rhythmic shifts, a mixture of trochees, iambs, and anapaest, convey the uncertainty of early love.
In the first of the two lines, an initial anapaest is followed by a spondee and two iambs.
Which is imitative as usual--an anapaest followed by a trochee, a dactyl, and a syllable" (Letters, p.