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Catalectic (or Catalexis) is where one or more unstressed syllables are missing from the end of a regular metrical line. Usually employed in trochaic or dactylic verse to avoid monotony. The terms derive from the Greek for 'stopping short'. Sometimes referred to as a truncated line. See acatalectic.

[adj] (verse) metrically incomplete; especially lacking one or more syllables in the final metrical foot

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