(especially in ancient Greek) having an acute accent on the last syllable.‘The general rhythm of the language clips seems to show a preference for oxytone words.’
- ‘This development was perhaps posterior to the substitution of the pronominal ending in the oxytone neuter o-stems because the latter did not affect the u-stems.’
A word having an acute accent on the last syllable.‘Even though they are oxytones, words of one syllable never need an accent, unless the accent is diacritic.’
- ‘There are also a good many cases in which the French name ends in a weak e and would produce an oxytone.’
Mid 18th century from Greek oxutonos, from oxus ‘sharp’ + tonos ‘tone’.
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