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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Latin and English form of a Greek preposition, used as a prefix to signify down, downward, under, against, contrary or opposed to, wholly, completely; as in cataclysm, catarrh. It sometimes drops the final vowel, as in catoptric; and is sometimes changed to cath, as in cathartic, catholic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A prefix of words of Greek origin, meaning down, downward, against, in accordance with, sometimes merely intensive, and sometimes (like English be-) giving a transitive force. See words following. Also sometimes kata-.
  • An abbreviation of catalogue.

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