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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-kat-l-ek-tik]
    • /eɪˌkæt lˈɛk tɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-kat-l-ek-tik]
    • /eɪˌkæt lˈɛk tɪk/

Definitions of acatalectic word

  • adjective acatalectic having the necessary number of feet or syllables, esp having a complete final foot 3
  • noun acatalectic a verse having the full number of syllables 3
  • adjective acatalectic having the full number of syllables, esp. in the last foot 3
  • noun acatalectic an acatalectic line of verse 3
  • adjective acatalectic not catalectic; complete. 1
  • noun acatalectic a verse having the complete number of syllables in the last foot. 1

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Origin of acatalectic

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
From the Late Latin word acatalēcticus, dating back to 1580-90. See a-6, catalectic

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Parts of speech for Acatalectic


acatalectic popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 46% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

acatalectic usage trend in Literature

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Antonyms for acatalectic

adjective acatalectic

  • catalectic — (of a line of verse) having an incomplete final foot
  • hypercatalectic — (of a line of verse) containing an additional syllable after the last dipody or foot. Compare acatalectic (def 2), catalectic.

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