en·​clit·​ic en-ˈkli-tik How to pronounce enclitic (audio)
: a clitic that is associated with a preceding word
enclitic adjective

Word History


Late Latin encliticus, from Greek enklitikos, from enklinesthai to lean on, from en- + klinein to lean — more at lean

First Known Use

circa 1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enclitic was circa 1663

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“Enclitic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclitic. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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