Iambic



[ahy-am-bik] /aɪˈæm bɪk/

adjective
1.
Prosody.

2.
Greek Literature. noting or pertaining to satirical poetry written in iambs.
noun
3.
Prosody.

4.
Greek Literature. a satirical poem in this meter.
/aɪˈæmbɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, consisting of, or using an iamb or iambs
2.
(in Greek literature) denoting a type of satirical verse written in iambs
noun
3.
a metrical foot, line, or stanza of verse consisting of iambs
4.
a type of ancient Greek satirical verse written in iambs

1570s (n.); 1580s (adj.), from Latin iambicus, from Greek iambikos, from iambos “metrical foot of one unaccented followed by one accented syllable,” from iaptein “to assail” (in words), literally “to put forth.” The meter of invective and lampoon in classical Greek from the time it was used for such by Archilochos, 7c. B.C.E.

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