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Definition of accent:

  1. A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds.
  2. A mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: ( a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; ( b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents.
  3. A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''.
  4. A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches.
  5. A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
  6. A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
  7. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others.
  8. A word; a significant tone
  9. expressions in general; speech.
  10. Modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent.
  11. Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
  12. The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
  13. The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
  14. To express the accent of ( either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
  15. To mark emphatically; to emphasize.

Synonyms:

idiom, grave, brogue, focus, highlight, underscoring, broaden, italicize, emphasis, pronunciation, accentuate, emphasize, dialect, parlance, tilde, stress, vehemence, accented, umlaut, bur, strain, phrase, inflection, accent mark, drawl, phrasal idiom, meter, burr, play up, mark, articulation, lay emphasis/stress on something, idiomatic expression, beat, tension, try, underscore, acute, intonation, cut-glass, enunciation, hyperbole, underline, dieresis, pitch, rhythm, tenseness, broad, emphasise, feature, prominence, speech pattern, stroke, tone, circumflex, punctuate, reiterate, accentuation, modulation, diacritic, artistic style, set phrase, cedilla, accentuation, important, cadence, point up.

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