el·​e·​gize ˈe-lə-ˌjīz How to pronounce elegize (audio)
elegized; elegizing

intransitive verb

: to write an elegy

transitive verb

: to write an elegy on

Examples of elegize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trope tends to elegize artists who are perceived to be ahead of their time or otherwise inimical to regnant conventions. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Spielberg h as chosen to elegize the story by romanticizing it, swathing the characters in Norman Rockwell attitudes, a meddlesome symphonic score, and a golden fairy dust that shines through the windows like God's blessing. Eliza Berman, Time, 5 Oct. 2017 In writing about her cousin, Allen is also elegizing other black men victimized by poverty, drugs and unequal justice. Julia M. Klein, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of elegize was in 1640

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“Elegize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegize. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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