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.