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The shortening of a metrical verse line by omitting a syllable or syllables (usually unstressed) from the full complement expected in the regular metrical pattern. This may occur at the beginning of the line (acephalexis: see acephalous) or, more usually, at the end (catalexis: see catalectic). In English verse, truncation is most often found in trochaic verse (see trochee), where the final unstressed syllable is commonly not employed.

Subjects: Literature.

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