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plural noun
  1. selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.
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Also an·a·lec·ta [an-l-ek-tuh] /ˌæn lˈɛk tə/.

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
Related formsan·a·lec·tic, adjective
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  • I looked at its title—The Analects of Confucius—and blinked.

    To Choke an Ocean

    Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone

  • The Analects of Confucius contain the gist of his teachings, and is worthy of study.

    The Wisdom of Confucius

    Epiphanius Wilson

  • We turn to the Analects of Confucius and we see the Chinese gentleman.

    The Gentle Reader

    Samuel McChord Crothers

  • In the tenth book of his Analects we get a glimpse of the habits of the philosopher.

  • In his "Analects" Confucius defines Courage by explaining, as is often his wont, what its negative is.

British Dictionary definitions for analects


analecta (ˌænəˈlɛktə)

pl n
  1. selected literary passages from one or more works
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Derived Formsanalectic, adjective

Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek analekta, from analegein to collect up, from legein to gather
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Word Origin and History for analects


1650s, "literary gleanings," from Latinized form of Greek analekta, literally "things chosen," neuter plural of analektos "select, choice," verbal adjective of analegein "to gather up, collect," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + legein "to gather," also "to choose words," hence "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).

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