Origin of cata-
British Dictionary definitions for cata-
kata-, before an aspirate cath- or before a vowel cat-
Word Origin for cata-
Word Origin and History for cata-
word-forming element from Latinized form of Greek kata-, before vowels kat-, from kata "down from, down to." Its principal sense is "down," but occasionally it has senses of "against" (catapult)or "wrongly" (catachresis). Also sometimes used as an intensive or with a sense of completion of action (catalogue). Very active in ancient Greek, this prefix is found in English mostly in words borrowed through Latin after c.1500.