Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a cadent speech”
2. After a linking verb, as in “The speech was cadent.”)
Something cadent has a nice, rhythmic sound (or a nice, rhythmic movement.)
"Cadent" used to just describe poetry, and now it can describe anything that makes sounds or movements.
Other common forms:
How to use it:
Talk about a cadent sound, such as the cadent call of the coqui frog, the cadent rush of the ocean waves, or a cadent drumbeat. The noun is also useful: talk about the cadence of something, either concretely ("the cadence of her gentle voice") or abstractly ("the cadence of our daily life together at home.")
On many nights, the cadent rain our old tin roof lulls me to sleep.
Assembling a stack of new pizza boxes has a reassuring cadence: lift, crack, fold, tuck, tuck... lift, crack, fold, tuck, tuck...
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "cadent” means when you can explain it without saying “poetically rhythmic” or “pleasant beat."
Think of someone you enjoy listening to, either a speaker or a singer, and fill in the blanks: "I love the cadent voice of (Person), especially when he/she says/sings/recites '___.'"
Example : "I love the cadent voice of Fiona Apple, especially when she sings 'My derring-do allows me to dance the rigadoon around you.'"
Another example, because I can't choose between the two that came to mind: "I love the cadent voice of Langston Hughes, especially when he recites his own poem 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers.'"
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A Point Well Made:
William Shakespeare: “Music can … cleanse the full bosom of all perilous stuff that weighs upon the heart.”
1. The opposite of CADENT is
2. With a powerful cadence, he makes an excellent _____.
B. public speaker
C. high-stakes test-taker
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