nounWord forms: plural ˈarˌses (ˈɑrˌsiz
; ärˈsēzˌ) see also thesis (sense 1) 1.
in classical Greek poetry
, the short syllable or syllables of a foot
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Word origin of 'arsis'LL < Gr, a lifting up, omission < airein, to lift, raise up