Definition of analects in English:


(also analecta)

plural noun

  • A collection of short literary or philosophical extracts.

    • ‘Anyways, here are some analects I liked.’
    • ‘Read and share with the class the information in the background information about the time in which the analects were written.’
    • ‘However many other philosophers and religious figures have used analects to a lesser extent.’
    • ‘The analects said ‘Peace is vital,’ which reminds me all the time that co-operation with the staff and solidarity are the essence of the success.’
    • ‘His teachings, preserved in the lunyu or analects, form the foundation of much of the subsequent Chinese speculation on the education and comportment of the ideal man.’
    collection, selection, anthology, treasury, compendium, album, corpus, miscellany, pot-pourri
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Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek analekta ‘things gathered up’, from analegein ‘pick up’, from ana- ‘up’ + legein ‘gather’.