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1. Of or relating to accent.
2. Based on stress accents: accentual rhythm; accentual verse.

[From Latin accentus, accent; see accent.]

ac·cen′tu·al·ly adv.


1. of, relating to, or having accents; rhythmic
2. (Poetry) prosody of or relating to verse based on the number of stresses in a line rather than on the number of syllables. Compare quantitative3
acˈcentually adv


(ækˈsɛn tʃu əl)

1. of or pertaining to accent or stress.
2. pertaining to or based on stress rather than the number or duration of syllables: accentual meter.
[1600–10; < Latin accentu(s) (see accent) + -al1]
ac•cen`tu•al′i•ty, n.
ac•cen′tu•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.accentual - of or pertaining to accent or stress
2.accentual - (of verse) having a metric system based on stress rather than syllables or quantityaccentual - (of verse) having a metric system based on stress rather than syllables or quantity; "accentual poetry is based on the number of stresses in a line"; "accentual rhythm"
quantitative - (of verse) having a metric system based on relative duration of syllables; "in typical Greek and Latin verse of the classical period the rhymic system is based on some arrangement of long and short elements"
syllabic - (of verse) having lines based on number of syllables rather than on rhythmical arrangement of stresses or quantities


[ækˈsentjʊəl] ADJacentual
References in classic literature ?
His chief work was a poem, "Chiliades", in accentual verse of nearly 13,000 lines.
Together with Sidney, who was Leicester's nephew, he was for a while a member of a little group of students who called themselves 'The Areopagus' and who, like occasional other experimenters of the later Renaissance period, attempted to make over English versification by substituting for rime and accentual meter the Greek and Latin system based on exact quantity of syllables.
0: reading Calpurnius whole, non contenti exemplis saeculi vestri: intertextuality and the declamatory tradition in Calpurnius, problems of paremiography in Calpurnius, and metrical and accentual clausulae as evidence for the date and origin of Calpurnius.
It may always be an open philological question whether the pitch-based accentual pattern of ancient Greek was also paralleled by patterns of dynamic or agogic stress.
Both Phelan and Meredith Martin invoke Edwin Guest and others for whom Anglo-Saxon accentual alliterative verse was English poetry's native ground; Prins presents Arnold as the champion of the accentual dactylic hexameter as crucially important for a modern English nation; Martin uncovers not only the heated "prosody wars" of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but also the efforts of their contestants to promulgate a properly English national culture through the teaching of meter and patriotic verse in the new state-supported schools.
They are mainly cast in an accentual English hexameter, which can roll along swiftly enough, but which sometimes suffers the logjam of a series of English monosyllables.
More radically yet, lines 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 24, 25, and 26 have so many extra syllables that they can be read productively with a triple pulse, and the phrasing of line 19 is so tensely related to meter that the line can be read as an accentual tetrameter.
Amongst grammatical and linguistic shortcomings typical of ESL English, Dictionary for Lovers transcribes the accentual difference of "Chinglish," which leads to mispronunciation of certain sounds that have often been used to satirize the Chinese in literature--the novel opens with "unbelievabal" and "Heathlow" (7)--here, the satire is subverted in order to assert Chinglish as a legitimate language to express the poetry of intercultural incomprehension.
We used to have accentual poetry in Beowulf and the elegiac poets; that's where you find highly accented poetry and that's what you get again now in oral poetry, because accentuation is mnemonic--so is rhyme--it's easier to catch by ear, so oral poetry today resembles historically pre-literate oral poetry very much.
This process of acquisitions and restructuring, and continue the accentual is really the process of professionalization for lecturing, an approach that starts at the initial training stage and continue throughout the profession, by integrating direct professional experience, but also through specific training approaches.
However, it is, the opinion of most researchers that the study of the processes of speech perception and decoding and the reasons underlying the erroneous identification or reconstruction of lexical items, accentual distribution and intonational patterns are still insufficient.
This tool assesses three separate aspects of general orthography: literal orthography, refers to the spelling rules established by the Royal Academy of Spanish Language addressing the knowledge of the correspondences between phonemes and graphemes; accentual orthography, denotes the correct use of the orthographic accents, and punctual orthography, indicates knowledge of the correct use of punctuation and intonation.