- in classical Greek poetry, the short syllable or syllables of a foot
- in later poetry, the long or accented syllable of a foot
- Music the unaccented part of a measure; upbeat
Origin of arsisLate Latin from Gr, a lifting up, omission from airein, to lift, raise up
- a. The short or unaccented part of a metrical foot, especially in quantitative verse.b. The accented or long part of a metrical foot, especially in accentual verse.
- Music The upbeat or unaccented part of a measure.
Origin of arsisMiddle English raising of the voice from Late Latin raising of the voice, accented part of a metrical foot from Greek raising of the foot (marking the upbeat), the unaccented part of a metrical foot from aeirein to lift ; see wer-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Raising of the voice in prosody, accented part of a metrical foot
From Latin Arsis, from Ancient Greek ἄρσις (Arsis, “elevation”)