[ an-l-ekts ]
See synonyms for: analectsanalect on

plural noun
  1. selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.

Origin of analects

1615–25; <Latin analecta<Greek análekta, neuter plural of análektos (verbal adjective of analégein to pick up, gather up), equivalent to ana-ana- + -lek- gather (variant of -leg-) + -tos verbal adjective suffix
  • Also an·a·lec·ta [an-l-ek-tuh]. /ˌæn lˈɛk tə/.

Other words from analects

  • an·a·lec·tic, adjective

Words Nearby analects Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use analects in a sentence

  • He wrote: “analects,” etc., and is credited with having compiled the “Ancient Poems.”

  • We are told in the Confucian analects that the master said, “The accomplished scholar is not a utensil.”

    Village Life in China | Arthur H. Smith
  • The doctrine of the sage is clearly expressed in the analects, and amounts only to courtesy and propriety.

    The Religions of Japan | William Elliot Griffis
  • But by this method one misses much of the characterisation which is such an attractive feature of the analects.

  • The works of Mencius abound, like the Confucian analects, in sententious utterances.

British Dictionary definitions for analects


analecta (ˌænəˈlɛktə)

/ (ˈænəˌlɛkts) /

pl n
  1. selected literary passages from one or more works

Origin of analects

C17: via Latin from Greek analekta, from analegein to collect up, from legein to gather

Derived forms of analects

  • analectic, adjective

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