Definition of analects in US English:


(also analecta)

plural noun

  • A collection of short literary or philosophical extracts.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Read and share with the class the information in the background information about the time in which the analects were written.’
    • ‘Anyways, here are some analects I liked.’
    • ‘However many other philosophers and religious figures have used analects to a lesser extent.’
    • ‘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’.