caesura :

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  • n  a pause or interruption (as in a conversation)
    after an ominous caesura the preacher continued
  • n  a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line

  • They probably deserve a caesura between anxiety for the safety of their soldiers and apprehension about what comes next.
  • The Anglo-Saxon idiom of Beowulf sounds particularly alien to modern ears: four stresses per line, separated in the middle by a strong pause, or caesura, with the third stress in .
  • The event left a long scar on the minds of the Clintonians and forced a loud caesura in American and most Western peacekeeping on the continent.

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