Definition of elegiac in English:

elegiac

Syllabification: el·e·gi·ac
Pronunciation: /ˌeləˈjīək, eˈlējēˌak
 
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adjective

1(Especially of a work of art) having a mournful quality: the movie score is a somber effort, elegiac in its approach
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  • Colors tend to be exquisite, but in an unusual way, at once vivid and fading, as if a still-potent splendor were half-vanishing before one's eyes, introducing a vaguely mournful, even elegiac tone.
  • But as the mournful, elegiac music began to gently move through the air, and voices, distinct and intense, began to tell their tale, in their own words, something incredible happened.
  • Its tone is consummately elegiac and mournful.
Synonyms
mournful, melancholic, melancholy, plaintive, sorrowful, sad, lamenting, doleful; funereal, dirgelike; nostalgic, valedictory, poignant
literary dolorous
1.1Wistfully mournful.
More example sentences
  • Smith's ‘illegitimate’ sonnet consists of three elegiac quatrains and a couplet, thus combining both English elegiac meters.
  • Hexameters are the epic meter; by stealing a foot in the second line, Cupid has turned it into elegiac meter, used for love poetry.
  • Coleridge enthusiastically appropriated Schiller's lines, even to the extent of changing into pure hexameters what in Schiller's original is an elegiac distich.

noun

(elegiacs) Back to top  
Verses in an elegiac meter.
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  • Translated, these Latin elegiacs mean: Breasts, O mother, milk and life thou didst give.
  • In the long poems, the first and last are metrically related to the neighbouring shorter poems: poem 61 is in lyric metre, 65-8 in elegiacs.
  • Through the narrative, the poet's elegiacs become a leitmotif.

Origin

late 16th century: from French élégiaque, or via late Latin, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeia (see elegy).

Derivatives

elegiacally

Pronunciation: /ˌeləˈjīək(ə)lē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • Momus informs us, elegiacally, that Ettore Sottsass has died.
  • It takes a while for the film, elegiacally shot in the depressed streets of Dublin and stuffed with local slang, to live up to this pitch.

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