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Definition of Accent


  1. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others.
  2. A mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents.
  3. Modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent.
  4. A word; a significant tone
  5. expressions in general; speech.
  6. Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
  7. A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
  8. A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
  9. The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
  10. The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
  11. A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''.
  12. A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds.
  13. A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches.
  14. To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
  15. To mark emphatically; to emphasize.

Accent Quotations

I like to mumble when I act, 'cause I think it's more realistic. For some reason, the impediment has given me the accent of a Mexican gangster.
David Arquette

The villain is usually the most interesting part. But it has to be a smart thing. Just dumb cliche villains with a Russian accent and big muscles and a mean face, I don't know. My Russian accent isn't that great, and the muscles aren't that big and the mean face is not enough. You know what I mean? It gets very boring. Tedious stuff.
Christoph Waltz

I have a difficult time doing an Irish accent; even now, it kind of fades slowly into Scottish.
Robin Williams

My own dreams fortunately came true in this great state. I became Mr. Universe; I became a successful businessman. And even though some people say I still speak with a slight accent, I have reached the top of the acting profession.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Yes, I'm blonde. When I started as an actor, because of the accent and my body and my personality, it was not what the stereotype of the Latina woman in Hollywood is, so they didn't know where to put me. The blond hair wasn't matching. The moment I put my hair dark, it was better for my work.
Sofia Vergara
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Accent Translations

accent in Afrikaans is beklemtoon
accent in Dutch is accentueren, beklemtonen
accent in Finnish is mahtipontisuus
accent in French is emphase, souligner, accentuer, accent
accent in German is betonen, Betonung, Akzent {m}, Akzent {m}
accent in Italian is accento, accentuare
accent in Norwegian is aksent, tonefall, uttale
accent in Spanish is reforzar, acento
accent in Swedish is brytning, accent, tonfall, betoning
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