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Meaning of ENCLITIC

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \En*clit"ic\, Enclitical \En*clit"ic*al\, a. [L.
    encliticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to incline; ? in + ? to bend. See
    {In}, and {Lean}, v. i.] (Gram.)
    Affixed; subjoined; -- said of a word or particle which leans
    back upon the preceding word so as to become a part of it,
    and to lose its own independent accent, generally varying
    also the accent of the preceding word.
    
    
  2. \En*clit"ic\, n. (Gram.)
    A word which is joined to another so closely as to lose its
    proper accent, as the pronoun thee in prithee (pray thee).
    
    
 

 

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