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hypercatalectic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hypercatalectic (verse) having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of a metrically complete verse or in a metrical foot
    • n hypercatalectic (prosody) a line of poetry having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of the last metrical foot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Hypercatalectic (Pros) Having a syllable or two beyond measure; as, a hypercatalectic verse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hypercatalectic In prosody, having an additional syllable or half-foot (thesis or arsis) after the last complete dipody: as, a hypercatalectic colon or verse. The epithet hypercataleetic, like brachycatalectic, is applicable to those meters only which are scanned by dipodies — that is, to iambic, trochaic, anapestic, and occasionally and exceptionally to dactylic meters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hypercatalectic hī-per-kat-a-lek′tik (pros.) having an additional syllable or half-foot after the last complete dipody
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hypercatalecticus, hypercatalectus, Gr. : cf. F. hypercatalectique,. See Hyper-, and Catalectic

Usage

In literature:

The rhythm of the lines is marked, the effect upon the ear being quite like that of English iambic pentameters hypercatalectic.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
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