adjective: Having stress on the third-from-the-last syllable.
noun: Such a word.
From Greek proparoxytonos, from pro (before) + para (beside) + oxys
(acute) + tonos (tone). Earliest documented use: 1764.
Here’s the sequence of words in this family:
oxytone: the ultimate syllable stressed
paroxytone: the penultimate syllable stressed
proparoxytone: antepenultimate syllable stressed
‘Aha, proparoxytone,’ and place the acute on the antepenult.”
Alfred Andersch (Translator: Leila Vennewitz); The Father of a
Murderer; New Directions; 1994.
See more usage examples of proparoxytone in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an
institution. -Jean-Paul Sartre, writer and philosopher (21 Jun 1905-1980)