Meaning of arsis in English:

arsis

nounarses

Prosody
  • A stressed syllable or part of a metrical foot in Greek or Latin verse.

    ‘Comparable to the inversion of geometric patterns, a melodic line could be played in reverse order (temporal thesis) or inverted and presented as the mirror image of the original (temporal arsis).’
    Often contrasted with thesis (sense 3)

Origin

Late Middle English via late Latin from Greek, literally ‘lifting’, from airein ‘raise’.

Pronunciation

arsis

/ˈɑːsɪs/