Definition of catalexis in US English:



  • The absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse.

    • ‘Actually a mixed meter with anapests and iambs and some nice catalexis thrown in.’
    • ‘Maybe something they've internalized about rhythm leads them to create a catalexis instead of planning out a catalexis ahead of time.’
    • ‘The poem is in trochaic tetrameter with catalexis at the end of each line.’
    • ‘The final foot of the fourth line is an example of catalexis, the dropping of one or more unstressed syllables at the end of a line.’
    • ‘The concept of catalexis and the catalectic verse is important in the study of the anapaestic dimeter.’