[ en-klit-ik ]
/ ɛnˈklɪt ɪk /
(of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the preceding word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.
an enclitic word, as Latin que “and” in arma virumque, “arms and the man.”
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OTHER WORDS FROM encliticen·clit·i·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby enclitic
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British Dictionary definitions for enclitic
/ (ɪnˈklɪtɪk) /
- denoting or relating to a monosyllabic word or form that is treated as a suffix of the preceding word, as Latin -que in populusque
- (in classical Greek) denoting or relating to a word that throws an accent back onto the preceding word
an enclitic word or linguistic form
Derived forms of encliticenclitically, adverb
Word Origin for enclitic
C17: from Late Latin encliticus, from Greek enklitikos, from enklinein to cause to lean, from en- ² + klinein to lean
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