A missed beat or off-beat stress in music resulting in syncopation.
Other Word Forms of Syncope
Origin of Syncope
Middle English sincopis from sincopene from Late Latin syncopēn accusative of syncopē from Greek sunkopē from sunkoptein to cut short sun- syn- koptein to strike
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Late Latin syncope, from Ancient Greek συγκοπή (sunkopÄ“), from σύν (sin) + κόπτω (koptein, “strike, cut off").
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