Definitions for acatalecticeɪˌkæt lˈɛk tɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acatalectic(adj)

    (prosody) a line of verse that has the full number of syllables

  2. acatalectic(adj)

    (verse) metrically complete; especially having the full number of syllables in the final metrical foot


  1. acatalectic(Noun)

    A verse which has the complete number of feet and syllables

  2. acatalectic(Adjective)

    Designating a line of verse having the required number of syllables in the last foot.

  3. Origin: acatalecticus, from akatalēktikos

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acatalectic(adj)

    not defective; complete; as, an acatalectic verse

  2. Acatalectic(noun)

    a verse which has the complete number of feet and syllables

  3. Origin: [L. acatalecticus, Gr. , not defective at the end; 'a priv. + to cease.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Acatalectic

    a-kat-a-lek′tik, adj. having the complete number of syllables as a verse: without defect.—n. an acatalectic verse. [L.—Gr. a, not, and Catalectic.]


  1. Acatalexis

    An acatalectic line of verse is one having the metrically complete number of syllables in the final foot. When talking about poetry written in English the term is arguably of limited significance or utility, at least by comparison to its antonym, catalectic, for the simple reason that acatalexis is considered to be the "usual case" in the large majority of metrical contexts and therefore explicit reference to it proves almost universally superfluous. For example, to describe Shakespeare's sonnets as having been written in iambic pentameter acatalectic would be factually accurate, but redundant and never said, because iambic pentameter is presumed to be acatalectic unless specified as being catalectic. However, in very rare contexts where catalexis might be considered probable, explicit expression of the verse's metrical completeness may be achieved by using the term. When talking about poems published in other languages than English the term might prove itself more useful.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acatalectic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acatalectic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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