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Having a metrically complete pattern, especially having the full number of syllables in the final foot. Used of verse.

[Late Latin acatalēcticus, from Greek akatalēktikos : a-, not; see a-1 + katalēktikos, incomplete; see catalectic.]


(æˌkætəˈlɛktɪk) prosody
(Poetry) having the necessary number of feet or syllables, esp having a complete final foot
(Poetry) a verse having the full number of syllables
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek akatalēktikos. See a-1, catalectic]


(eɪˌkæt lˈɛk tɪk)
1. (of a line of verse) not catalectic; complete.
2. a verse having the complete number of syllables in the last foot.
[1580–90; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acatalectic - (prosody) a line of verse that has the full number of syllables
metrics, prosody - the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
line of poetry, line of verse - a single line of words in a poem
Adj.1.acatalectic - (verse) metrically completeacatalectic - (verse) metrically complete; especially having the full number of syllables in the final metrical foot
catalectic - (verse) metrically incomplete; especially lacking one or more syllables in the final metrical foot
hypercatalectic - (verse) having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of a metrically complete verse or in a metrical foot
References in periodicals archive ?
This hymn is written in what is called "iambic dimeter acatalectic," the Ambrosian measure widely used in hymns of the Church at that time.
Although the gender is there not guaranteed either by metre (the phrase closes an acatalectic anapaestic octonarius) or the support of the grammarian tradition, most manuscripts present uitalem aeuom.
For example, he states his (predetermined) scheme for rhythm and meter: "The former is trochaic--The latter is octometer acatalectic, alternating with heptameter catalectic repeated in the refrain of the fifth verse, and terminating with a tetrameter cataletic" (Essays 21).