Definition of elegiac in English:

elegiac

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛlɪˈdʒʌɪək
 
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adjective

1Relating to or characteristic of an elegy: haunting and elegiac poems
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  • But why did the consolation have to be in verse, no tradition yet existing of elegiac poems for people of lower rank than the nobility?
  • Numerous proleptically elegiac poems share this prediction, foregrounding the silence that will replace consolatory language in the new round of suffering.
  • The problem of audience provides the most apt segue into the elegiac elements of the poems.
1.1Wistfully mournful: she watched repeat serials, fixed on their moody and elegiac characterization
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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; touching, moving, poignant
literary dolorous

noun

(elegiacs) Back to top  
Verses in an elegiac metre.
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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

adverb
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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.

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