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catalexis

Syllabification: cat·a·lex·is
Pronunciation: /ˈkadəˌleksəs
 
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Definition of catalexis in English:

noun

The absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse.
Example sentences
  • The concept of catalexis and the catalectic verse is important in the study of the anapaestic dimeter.
  • Actually a mixed meter with anapests and iambs and some nice catalexis thrown in.
  • Maybe something they've internalized about rhythm leads them to create a catalexis instead of planning out a catalexis ahead of time.

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