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elegiac

adjective ele·gi·ac \ˌe-lə-ˈjī-ək, -ˌak also i-ˈlē-jē-ˌak\

Definition of ELEGIAC

1
a :  of, relating to, or consisting of two dactylic hexameter lines the second of which lacks the arsis in the third and sixth feet
b (1) :  written in or consisting of elegiac couplets
(2) :  noted for having written poetry in such couplets
c :  of or relating to the period in Greece about the seventh century b.c. when poetry written in such couplets flourished
2
:  of, relating to, or comprising elegy or an elegy; especially :  expressing sorrow often for something now past <an elegiac lament for departed youth>
elegiac noun
el·e·gi·a·cal·ly \ˌe-lə-ˈjī-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of ELEGIAC

ele·gi·ac also el·e·gi·a·cal \ˌe-lə-ˈjī-ə-kəl\

Examples of ELEGIAC

  1. <the sight of an old ruined church or castle can be a pleasantly elegiac experience>

Origin of ELEGIAC

Late Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeion
First Known Use: 1542

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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