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cadence


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[kay-dĕns]

The rising and falling rhythm of speech, especially that of the balanced phrases in free verse or in prose, as distinct from the stricter rhythms of verse metre. Also the fall or rise in pitch at the end of a phrase or sentence. Adjective: cadent.

Subjects: Literature.


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