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 (ăn′ə-lĕkts′) also an·a·lec·ta (ăn′ə-lĕk′tə)
Selections from or parts of a literary work or group of works. Often used as a title.

[Greek analekta, selected things, from neuter pl. of analektos, gathered together, from analegein, to gather : ana-, ana- + legein, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·lec′tic adj.


(ˈænəˌlɛkts) or


pl n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) selected literary passages from one or more works
[C17: via Latin from Greek analekta, from analegein to collect up, from legein to gather]
ˌanaˈlectic adj


(ˈæn lˌɛkts)

also an•a•lec•ta

(ˌæn lˈɛk tə)
selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.
[1615–25; < Latin analecta < Greek análekta, neuter pl. of análektos, v. adj. of analégein to gather up =ana- ana- + légein to gather]
an`a•lec′tic, adj.


 literary gleanings.
Examples: analects . . . is taken for collections of scraps out of authors, 1658; analects in verse and prose, 1770.
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Noun1.analects - a collection of excerpts from a literary work
excerpt, excerption, extract, selection - a passage selected from a larger work; "he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"
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Moreover, with nascent South Koreans seemingly no longer bound by the filial piety so vehemently espoused by the Confucian analects and embodied in the Chinese character of 'hyo', , a quarter of the elderly live alone.
(61) Zhi [phrase omitted] (substance, solidity) is a quality that connotes unpretentiousness and a lack of ornamentation: the Confucian Analects contains a famous statement about the need for a balance between substance and culturally acquired refinement.
It contains contributions by ten scholars, most based in Australia and Hong Kong, who write about a broad but highly selective spectrum of humor in China, from the Confucian Analects of the pre-Qin era to Lin Yutang's Analects Fortnightly journal in the 1930s.
Oliver quoted Confucian Analects to support many of his claims.
As James Legge translates in the Confucian Analects (Chapter 81 Verses 1-2):
The first character in the Confucian Analects is 'learning' (xue).