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From the TV room I hear the sounds of a horror-film scream, and the steady syncopated rhythm of machine gun fire.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat
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syncopation syncopated syncopate
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  • From the TV room I hear the sounds of a horror-film scream, and the steady syncopated rhythm of machine gun fire.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Werner runs with the others, trying to stay in the back of the pack, their rifles beating in syncopation against their backs.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She gazed into the darkness of her wet cupped hands and heard the strident Tyrolean minnesingers from the salon far below, a cackling barnyard of voices propelled upward on a choir of thumping tubas, trombones, harmonicas in soggy syncopation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Their rapport— musical, syncopated— was a thing of incredible beauty.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned

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  • My brother took Dorothy’s perfect little hand and together they walked out under the pink and blue lights and green and white crepe paper and began to dance to a booming Ed Johnson middle-act song, syncopated by the sound of my broken heart shattering on the concrete floor.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • For Chicanos this influence lay particularly deep in music: Mexican rhythms syncopated with blues and ghetto beats.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • He felt it lose the beat for a moment, he felt it syncopate like a school marching band, once, twice, and then, because God is good, he felt it recover at last.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The drumming, at dose range, was deafening and hypnotic, the rhythms complicated, syncopated, insidious.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • My head aches, and it isn’t helped by the steady syncopation of hammers drifting over the lawn.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • [Two great chords rolling on syncopated waves of sound break forth: D minor and its dominant: a round of dreadful joy to all musicians].
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman

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  • The chant’s hiccuping syncopation evoked for Ghosh the sound of women sweeping the front yard around the banyan tree in the early mornings in Madras and the dhobi ringing his bicycle bell.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The tools were kept under the back seat and were heard from in syncopation with the bumps; we’d jump out of the car so Daddy could get them out and jack up the car to patch and vulcanize a tire, or haul out the tow rope or the tire chains.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Trembling, unfurrowed, she slipped sidewise, screeching back across grooves of years, to hear again the earnest, high voice of her second or third collegiate love Ray Glozing bitching among "uhs" and the syncopated tonguing of a cavity, about his freshman calculus; "dt," God help this old tattooed man, meant also a time differential, a vanishingly small instant in which change had to be confronted at last for what it was, where it could no longer disguise itself as something innocuous…
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • They are not tidy and tended as in Mayfair; rather, they are mismatched odds and ends of brick and mortar and humanity all pushing against one another in some strange, glorious syncopation—a new rhythm I long to join.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
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Associated words [difficulty]:   syncopation [7] , staccato [3] , forte [7] , melisma [9]
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