hypercatalectic


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hy·per·cat·a·lec·tic

 (hī′pər-kăt′l-ĕk′tĭk)
adj.
Having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of a metrically complete line of verse or in a metrical foot.

[Latin hypercatalēcticus, from Greek huperkatalēktikos : huper-, hyper- + katalēktikos, incomplete; see catalectic.]

hy′per·cat′a·lex′is (-kăt′l-ĕk′sĭs) n.

hypercatalectic

(ˌhaɪpəˌkætəˈlɛktɪk)
adj
(Poetry) prosody (of a line of verse) having extra syllables after the last foot

hy•per•cat•a•lec•tic

(ˌhaɪ pərˌkæt lˈɛk tɪk)

adj.
(of a line of verse) containing an additional syllable after the last dipody or foot.
[1695–1705; < Late Latin hypercatalēcticus= Greek hyperkatálēkt(os) + Latin -icus -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hypercatalectic - (prosody) a line of poetry having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of the last metrical foot
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.hypercatalectic - (verse) having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of a metrically complete verse or in a metrical foot
acatalectic - (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
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Barrett Browning's lines are in almost regular iambic pentameter, broken only by the two hypercatalectic lines with the word "spirit" in them.