Adjective "Adonic" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/əˈdəʊnɪk/

Definitions and examples

noun

A metre consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee; a verse or line written in this metre.

    adjective

    Of a verse or line: written in a metre consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee.

      Definitions

      adjective

      1. Prosody. noting a verse consisting of a dactyl () followed by a spondee () or trochee ().

      2. of or like Adonis.

      noun

      3. Prosody. an Adonic verse or line.

      Origin

      Late 16th century; earliest use found in Gabriel Harvey (c1552–1631), scholar and writer. From post-classical Latin Adonicus from classical Latin Adōnis, the name of Adonis + -icus, after e.g. classical Latin Sapphicus Sapphic; apparently so called as originally used in lamentations for Adonis; compare Sappho Fragment 168 ὦ τὸν Ἄδωνιν ‘O Adonis’, an example of this metre.