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An anapest is a metrical unit of a poetic foot in poetry which is made up of two unstressed (unaccented) syllables followed by a stressed (accented) syllable.[1] Lines of verse that are predominantly made up of anapests are referred to as anapestic. For instance, a line consisting of five sets of anapests would be considered to be in anapestic pentameter. The word anapest itself is an anapestic word.

Some examples of anapestic words are:

  • Understand
  • Interrupt
  • Comprehend
  • Contradict[2]