accentuation /əksɛntʃuˈeɪʃn/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. the action or fact of accentuating or of being accentuated.

the accentuation of the Treasury’s currency policy.
a condition with accentuation of female characteristics.
2. the pattern of relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance.
– origin late 15th cent.: in early use from medieval Latin accentuatio(n-); in later use (early 19th cent.) from accentuate.

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