Definition of heteroclite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛt(ə)rə(ʊ)klʌɪt/


Abnormal or irregular: the book suffers from the heteroclite and ill-fitting nature of its various elements
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  • In America on the other hand, immigrant publics, with weakened connexions to heteroclite pasts, could only be aggregated by narrative and visual schemas stripped to their most abstract, recursive common denominators.
  • His objection to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics lies in its lack of uniform argument or quality: ‘It is heteroclite, a hodge-podge of astute comment and utter bosh’.
  • Lefebvre's Marxism was heteroclite, and was heavily informed via his engagement with other thinkers.


1An abnormal thing or person.
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  • The most monomaniacal and extreme of Berlin Dadaists, Johannes Baader is to Dada what Byron is to Romanticism, ultimately inassimilable and heteroclitic among heteroclites.
  • The ` moderns’ includes Gerrit Rietveld and Alvar Aalto and the ` heteroclites’ (a term used to describe those designers mixing styles from a number of sources such as surrealism and popular culture) features Gio Ponti and Isamu Noguchi.
1.1An irregularly declined word, especially a Greek or Latin noun.
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  • Lily had intended to supply a text on heteroclites, and Robertson did so; but no text is here mentioned.
  • There is not space here to catalogue the various irregularities, heteroclites, metaplastic forms, etc., of Attic Greek, but the lists given in Kuehner-Blass, or any other of the more elaborate Greek grammars, are enough to convince the most skeptical.



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  • One strategy to improve the immune reaction is to make what are called heteroclitic antigen variants.
  • This server provides a computerised approach to the design of heteroclitic peptides, using the additive method to calculate affinities.
  • INNO - 305 also utilizes heteroclitic technology in which the wild-type WT1 sequences are altered to improve the immunotherapeutic's ability to activate T-cells.


Late 15th century: via late Latin from Greek heteroklitos, from heteros 'other' + -klitos 'inflected' (from klinein 'to lean, inflect').

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