Definition of enclitic in English:

Share this entry

enclitic

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈklɪtɪk/
/ɛnˈklɪtɪk/

noun

Linguistics
A word pronounced with so little emphasis that it is shortened and forms part of the preceding word, for example 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.

Derivatives

enclitically

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

Line breaks: en|clit¦ic

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.