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.
mournful, melancholic, melancholy, plaintive, sorrowful, sad, lamenting, doleful;
nostalgic, valedictory, poignant
- 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.
Verses in an elegiac meter.
- 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.
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- 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.
Late 16th century: from French élégiaque, or via late Latin, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeia (see elegy).
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