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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-sen-choo-ey-shuh n]
    • /ækˌsɛn tʃuˈeɪ ʃən/
    • /əkˈsen.tju.eɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-sen-choo-ey-shuh n]
    • /ækˌsɛn tʃuˈeɪ ʃən/

Definitions of accentuation word

  • noun accentuation an act or instance of accentuating. 1
  • noun accentuation something that is accentuated. 1
  • noun accentuation The action of emphasizing something. 1
  • noun accentuation Act of accentuating; applications of accent. 0
  • noun accentuation (ecclesiastical, music) Pitch or modulation of the voice in reciting portions of the liturgy. 0

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Origin of accentuation

First appearance:

before 1820
One of the 38% newest English words
1820-30; < Medieval Latin accentuātiōn- (stem of accentuātiō) intoning. See accentuate, -ion

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Accentuation


accentuation popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

accentuation usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accentuation

noun accentuation

  • stress — importance attached to a thing: to lay stress upon good manners. Synonyms: significance, meaning, emphasis, consequence; weight, value, worth.
  • attention — If you give someone or something your attention, you look at it, listen to it, or think about it carefully.
  • accent — Someone who speaks with a particular accent pronounces the words of a language in a distinctive way that shows which country, region, or social class they come from.
  • prominence — Also, prominency. the state of being prominent; conspicuousness.
  • highlighting — to emphasize or make prominent.

Antonyms for accentuation

noun accentuation

  • ignorance — the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.
  • importance — the quality or state of being important; consequence; significance.

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