Definition of catalectic in English:


Line breaks: cata|lec¦tic
Pronunciation: /ˌkatəˈlɛktɪk


  • (Of a metrical line of verse) lacking one syllable in the last foot.
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    • The concept of catalexis and the catalectic verse is important in the study of the anapaestic dimeter.
    • A minus sign in the notation indicates the line is catalectic, a plus sign indicates a hypermetric line.
    • The lines gradually increase from a trochaic monometer catalectic to a complicated decamter of spondees, anapaests, paeons, and dactyls.


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  • A line lacking a syllable in the last foot.


late 16th century: from late Latin catalecticus, from Greek katalēktikos, from katalēgein 'leave off'.

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