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\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.
\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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