- one or more additional, unaccented syllables at the beginning of a line of verse, preceding the regular meter
- Music upbeat
Origin of anacrusisModern Latin from Classical Greek anakrousis from anakrouein, to push back from ana-, back + krouein, to strike: see rue
- One or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a line of verse, before the reckoning of the normal meter begins.
- Music See upbeat.
Origin of anacrusisNew Latin anacrūsis from Greek anakrousis beginning of a tune from anakrouein to strike up a song ana- ana- krouein to push
Modern Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀνάκρουσις (anakrousis, “pushing up”), from ἀνακρούω (anakrouō, “I push up”), from ἀνά (ana, “up”) + κρούω (krouō, “I strike”).