Grave Accent

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Grave Accent

 

an accent indicating a lowering of tone on a syllable. The grave accent is a type of musical accent; it is in contrast to the acute accent and circumflex and is denoted by the mark “. In ancient Greek, the grave accent indicates the absence of tonal emphasis, that is, it indicates the tonality of an unaccented vowel. In Byzantine texts, the grave accent became established only on the final accented syllable of a word, where it was used as a variant of the acute accent in certain phrases. The grave accent is also used in some languages to indicate a vowel’s quality; for example, the French é is an open e.

References in classic literature ?
In either case a grave crime has been committed which deserves a grave punishment.
Coles says it seems as if it were foreordained that they should not rest in a grave, but should lie beneath the waves until the day when the sea gives up its dead.
He now dug into the poor clergyman's heart, like a miner searching for gold; or, rather, like a sexton delving into a grave, possibly in quest of a jewel that had been buried on the dead man's bosom, but likely to find nothing save mortality and corruption.
I found them growing on a grave, which bore no tombstone, no other memorial of the dead man, save these ugly weeds, that have taken upon themselves to keep him in remembrance.
Flambeau raised a grave face, and fixed his dark eyes on his friend.