Synonyms for accent

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : noun ak-sent; verb ak-sent, ak-sent
Phonetic Transcription : noun ˈæk sɛnt; verb ˈæk sɛnt, ækˈsɛnt

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Définition of accent

Origin :
  • late 14c., "particular mode of pronunciation," from Middle French accent, from Old French acent (13c.), from Latin accentus "song added to speech," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cantus "a singing," past participle of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Loan-translation of Greek prosoidia, from pros- "to" + oide "song," which apparently described the pitch scheme in Greek verse. The decorating sense of "something that emphasizes or highlights" is from 1972.
  • noun importance, emphasis
  • noun stress or pitch in pronunciation
  • verb place emphasis, importance
Example sentences :
  • How would the first accent of his iron tongue have startled his resurrectionists!
  • Extract from : « A Bell's Biography » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Like most educated Russians, he spoke English with barely an accent.
  • Extract from : « The Underdog » by F. Hopkinson Smith
  • His accent, which was Kentuckian and therefore Southern, had helped him also.
  • Extract from : « The Rock of Chickamauga » by Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The accent upon the pronoun was very faint, but it was there for him to notice if he liked.
  • Extract from : « Good Indian » by B. M. Bower
  • I thought there was something of an English accent in your speech now and then.
  • Extract from : « The Mystery of Murray Davenport » by Robert Neilson Stephens
  • The accent was gentle; and he feared no boisterous intrusion.
  • Extract from : « Imogen » by William Godwin
  • He spoke English easily, and without any trace of an accent.
  • Extract from : « The Avenger » by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • His accent was none of the Elberthal one; it was fine, refined, polished.
  • Extract from : « The First Violin » by Jessie Fothergill
  • Gaspare spoke with an accent of pity in which there was almost a hint of contempt.
  • Extract from : « A Spirit in Prison » by Robert Hichens
  • There was marked satire in the accent with which he said the last words.
  • Extract from : « A Spirit in Prison » by Robert Hichens

Antonyms for accent

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