(Of a metrical line of verse) lacking one syllable in the last foot.
- 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.
Late 16th century: from late Latin catalecticus, from Greek katalēktikos, from katalēgein 'leave off'.
Words that rhyme with catalecticapoplectic, dialectic, eclectic, hectic
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