Definition of Cretic

1. n. A poetic foot, composed of one short syllable between two long ones (- ⌣ -).



Definition of Cretic

1. Adjective. Referring to a metrical pattern of poetry where each foot is composed of 3 syllables, the first and third of which are stressed and the second is unstressed. This pattern is very rare in English poetry. ¹

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Definition of Cretic

1. a type of metrical foot [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cretic

crestons
crests
crests of nail bed
cresyl
cresyl blue
cresyl echt
cresyl violet acetate
cresylate
cresylic
cresylic acid
cresyls
creta
cretaceously
cretan dittany
crete dittany
cretic (current term)
cretics
cretinise
cretinised
cretinises
cretinising
cretinisms
cretinistic
cretinize
cretinized
cretinizes
cretinizing
cretinoid

Literary usage of Cretic

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1. A Greek Grammar: For the Use of Schools and Colleges by Evangelinus Apostolides Sophocles (1858)
"Further, it may resolve the long syllables. 1. The cretic manometer consists of one foot; the trimeter, of three ; the pentameter, of five ; the hexameter, ..."

2. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by James Hadley, Frederic De Forest Allen (1912)
"Much rarer are the real cretic rhythms, in which the cretic (or, by resolution, the first or fourth paeon) stands as the fundamental foot. ..."

3. The Metres of the Greeks and Romans: A Manual for Schools and Private Study by Eduard Munk (1844)
"The cretic consists of five times, which are proportioned to each other, ... The cretic is the appropriate measure of Paeans; it is besides sometimes ..."

4. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"The paeon or cretic may form кй\а of two, thre«, or five feet:— "}= j=15 .... cretic ..."

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