Definition of acatalectic in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌkatəˈlɛktɪk/


(Of a line of verse) having the full number of syllables.
Example sentences
  • When unstressed syllables are not dropped at the beginning or the end of a line, they are said to be acatalectic.
  • The term catalectic means the meter is short the final syllable (tongue would have to be tonguey to complete the trochee), and acatalectic means it is complete.
  • A fierce opponent of literary plagiarism, Poe claims originality for his stanza form in ‘The Raven’: trochaic rhythm; octameter acatalectic alternating with heptameter catalectic repeated in refrain of fifth verse.


A line of acatalectic verse.
Example sentences
  • In classical terms, the meter is a slightly irregular amphribachic trimeter, alternating acatalectic and catalectic.

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Line breaks: acata|lec¦tic

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