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elegiac

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

Definition of elegiac

  1. 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. 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 play \ˌe-lə-ˈjī-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of elegiac

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



Variants of elegiac

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

Origin of elegiac

Late Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeion


First Known Use: 1542



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