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definition of the word heteroclite

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From mediaeval Latin ethroclitus and late Latin heteroclitus, from Greek ἑτερόκλιτος, from ἑτερο- + κλίνειν ‘lean, incline’.

heteroclite (comparative more heteroclite, superlative most heteroclite)

Positive
heteroclite

Comparative
more heteroclite

Superlative
most heteroclite

  1. Deviating from the ordinary rule; eccentric, abnormal.
    • 1759: he was, on the contrary, as mercurial and sublimated a composition,----as heteroclite a creature in all his declensions; -----with as much life and whim, and gaité de cœur about him, as the kindliest climate could have engendered and put together. — Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 24)
  2. (grammar) Being irregularly declined or inflected.

Singular
heteroclite

Plural
heteroclites

heteroclite (plural heteroclites)

  1. A person who is unconventional; a maverick
  2. (grammar) An irregularly declined or inflected word
  3. (linguistics) A word whose etymological roots come from distinct, different languages or language groups.
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