Definition of enclitic in English:

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enclitic

Pronunciation: /enˈklidik/
Linguistics

noun

A word pronounced with so little emphasis that it is shortened and forms part of the preceding word, e.g., n’t in can’t. Compare with proclitic.
Example sentences
  • With its multitude of vowels and complex systems of inflections and enclitics, Navajo is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn.
  • The object pronoun ‘me’ is arguably an enclitic, merging phonologically with the word that precedes it.

adjective

Denoting or relating to an enclitic word.
Example sentences
  • As in Edinburgh, the enclitic negative is nae, ny, as in cannae can't, dinnae don't, whereas other dialects have na.
  • The inflectional and enclitic systems of Navajo are complex, with ten different prefixes possible in the left positions, and seven different enclitic options possible after the verb stem.

Derivatives

enclitically

Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
adverb

Origin

Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek enklitikos, from enklinein 'lean on', from en- 'in, on' + klinein 'to lean'.

Words that rhyme with enclitic

analytic, anchoritic, anthracitic, arthritic, bauxitic, calcitic, catalytic, critic, cryptanalytic, Cushitic, dendritic, diacritic, dioritic, dolomitic, eremitic, hermitic, lignitic, mephitic, paralytic, parasitic, psychoanalytic, pyritic, Sanskritic, saprophytic, Semitic, sybaritic, syenitic, syphilitic, troglodytic

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: en·clit·ic

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