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lyrical Syllabification: lyr·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˈlirik(ə)l/

Definition of lyrical in English:


1(Of literature, art, or music) expressing the writer’s emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way: the poet’s combination of lyrical and descriptive power
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  • Here the creaky melodrama is swept away by Tchaikovsky's lyrical music.
  • Everybody must have this recording in their collection: It is the most sublime music and sophisticated and lyrical jazz ever recorded.
  • The lyrical art writing of John Ashbery, Bill Berkson, and Peter Schjeldhal has obvious affinities with Pater's.
expressive, emotional, deeply felt, personal, subjective, passionate, lyric
1.1(Of poetry or a poet) lyric: Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads
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  • Yet Seferis survived all this, and the lyrical anguish of the poetry is his testament.
  • Since he writes neither drama nor epic, he said, his poetry can only be lyrical.
  • He was portrayed as a brilliant lyrical poet, but an ineffectual dreamer whose poetry improved when he outgrew his youthful radicalism.
2Of or relating to the words of a popular song: the lyrical content of his songs
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  • Calypso according to Duke is our current editorial in song, timely in lyrical content and rhythm and relevant to said time and place.
  • Blimey, some of this recording is rather risqué - from the sultry photographs of Miss Phair that accompany the artwork to some of the lyrical content of the songs.
  • The folkier side of it comes out in the story-telling aspect of the song, the lyrical content.


wax lyrical

Talk in a highly enthusiastic and effusive way: waxing lyrical about his splendid son-in-law
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  • It is approaching midnight in a cafe on the outskirts of Moscow and a group of enthusiasts are waxing lyrical on the subject of their favourite car, the Lada.
  • In these pages last week, our art critic Iain Gale waxed lyrical - and certainly much more lyrically than I can ever wax - about the richness of the Demarco collection.
  • I mean, is it strictly necessary to emerge from the shower, grab a towel and commence a sawing action under your crotch while simultaneously waxing lyrical about Fairtrade bananas?
enthusiastic, rhapsodic, effusive, rapturous, ecstatic, euphoric, carried away



Pronunciation: /ˈlirik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • His songs were rich both lyrically and musically, anthemic and yet intimate.
  • Halcyon, her third album, released last year, is evidence of a songwriter lyrically and musically in her prime.
  • Their music is lyrically complex while the melodies are immediate, beautiful and fulfilling.

Words that rhyme with lyrical

empirical, miracle, panegyrical, satirical

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