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Paroxytone (Greek: παροξύτονος, paroxýtonos) is a linguistic term for a word with stress on the penultimate syllable, that is, the syllable before the last syllable, e.g, the English word potato. In Italian and Portuguese the majority of the words are like this. In Polish, almost all words have paroxytonic stress, except for certain verb conjugations and a few words of foreign origin.
In medieval Latin lyric poetry, a paroxytonic line or half-line is one where the penultimate syllable is stressed, as in the second half of the verse "Estuans intrinsecus || ira vehementi."
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