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proparoxytones is a plural form of proparoxytone



word having stress or acute accent on the antepenult


communication noun (communicative processes and contents)



Original source:

Princeton WordNet


Greek προπαροξύτονος, from προ- + παροξύτονος 'paroxytone, penultimate', from ...
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Definition references



a linguistic term for a word with stress on the antepenultimate syllable, e.g the English words "cinema" and "operational". Related terms are paroxytone and oxytone. In English, most nouns of three or more syllables are proparoxytones. This tendency is... (39 of 303 words)


Collins Dictionary:


(in Ancient Greek) of, relating to, or denoting words having an acute accent on the third syllable from the end | a proparoxytone word (23 of 200 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)



proparoxytone | proparoxytones [plural] | barytone [types, sense-specific]

pertaining to a word in any language, originally in ancient Greek, with the stress (or an acute accent) on the antepenultimate syllable. | a proparoxytone word (25 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:


having an acute accent on the antepenult, as in classical Greek | a proparoxytone word (14 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

proparoxytone [classical Greek grammar]

having an accent or heavy stress on the antepenultimate syllable. | a proparoxytone word. (13 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

word | on/upon | for it | of God | goes | words | a word | one's word | at a word | ...

a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others ... | a single distinct conceptual unit of language, comprising inflected ... (22 of 898 words, 46 definitions, 40 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

word | words [plural] | from the word go | give/say the word | give someone your word | have/exchange words with someone | keep your word | in a word | in other words | ...

[countable] a single unit of written or spoken language | "words": [plural] someone's words are things that they say ; used about the words of a song, ... (26 of 846 words, 29 definitions, 38 usage examples, pronunciation)


word [transitive, verb] | worded [past tense] | wording [present participle] | words [3rd-person singular present]

to use words to express something in a particular way (10 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/word 30


word [entry 1, noun] | Word [sense-specific] | good word | in a word | in so many words | of few words | of one's word | upon my word | words [plural]

something that is said ; "words": "talk", "discourse" ; the text of a vocal musical composition ; a brief remark or conversation | a speech sound or ... (26 of 583 words, 18 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)


word [entry 2, verb] | phrase [synonym, sense-specific] | speak [synonym, sense-specific] | articulate [synonym, sense-specific] | clothe [synonym, sense-specific] | couch [synonym, sense-specific] | express [synonym, sense-specific] | formulate [synonym, sense-specific] | put [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "speak" | to express in words; "phrase" (7 of 87 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/word show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

word | worded [past tense] | wording [present participle] | words [3rd-person singular present] | Word [sense-specific]

A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or ... | Something said; an utterance, remark, or comment | [computer science] A ... (24 of 233 words, 16 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

word [entry 1] | the f-/c- etc. word | the f-word | the c-word | the …-word

a single unit of language which has meaning and can be spoken or written | "the f-/c- etc. word": used to refer to a word, usually a rude or ... (28 of 114 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/word 1

word [entry 2] | words | have/exchange words | have words | exchange words

[singular] a short discussion or statement | "words": angry words | [disapproving] discussion, rather than action | "have/exchange words": to talk to ... (19 of 107 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/word 2

word [entry 3]

news or a message (4 of 40 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/word 3

word [entry 4, singular]

a promise (2 of 29 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/word 4

word [entry 5, singular]

an order (2 of 47 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/word 5

word [entry 6] | worded [adjective, derived]

to choose the words you use when you are saying or writing something (13 of 47 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/word 6

Encarta Dictionary:

proparoxytone | proparoxytones [plural]

in classical Greek grammar, a word that has an acute accent on the third syllable from the end | describes a word that has an acute accent on the ... (28 of 67 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736524​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references


proparoxytone | proparoxytones [plural]

Origin: Greek προπαροξύτονος, from προ- + παροξύτονος 'paroxytone, penultimate', from παρα- + οξυτονος 'word with stress on final syllable', from οξυς 'sharp, acute' + τονος 'pitch, accent'.


Collins Dictionary:


First use: 18th century

Origin: from Greek proparoxutonos; see pro-2, paroxytone


New World Dictionary:


Origin: Greek proparoxytonos: see "pro-", "para-", "oxytone"


Encarta Dictionary:

proparoxytone | proparoxytones [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: Greek proparoxutonos from oxutonos "having an acute accent"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736524​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:


Audio: British English pronunciation of "proparoxytone"


the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "proparoxytone"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "proparoxytone"


YourDictionary Audio:


Audio: North American English pronunciation of "proparoxytone" by speech synthesizer


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