lyr·​i·​cal | \ ˈlir-i-kəl How to pronounce lyrical (audio) \

Definition of lyrical

: lyric

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Other Words from lyrical

lyrically \ ˈlir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lyrically (audio) \ adverb
lyricalness \ ˈlir-​i-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce lyricalness (audio) \ noun

Examples of lyrical in a Sentence

She is noted for her lyrical moviemaking style. a painter known for his lyrical landscapes a lyrical account of frontier life
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With lyrical and fearless language, Ilya Kaminsky has written an engrossing page-turner that challenges society’s silence, and celebrates the power of community in the face of violent atrocities. Sarah Neilson, The Seattle Times, "Ilya Kaminsky’s ‘Deaf Republic’ challenges and incites," 29 Mar. 2019 New York Trisha Donnelly’s conspicuously untitled (and unexplained—there is no press release) work of installation art at the Shed is a lyrical op-ed about humanity’s inhumanity to nature. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "A Tree Falls in Hudson Yards," 10 Apr. 2019 Esfahani seems less at ease in lyrical or gently dancing episodes. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Rebel Harpsichordists," 14 May 2018 During its 11-year run, comedic legend Carol Burnett ended her show, The Carol Burnett Show, with a lyrical farewell and a tug of her left ear. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why Carol Burnett Pulls Her Ear," 4 Jan. 2019 In prose that moves between lyrical and caterwauling, the poet Laura Sims has pulled off the high-wire act of making bitterness delicious. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 Where Dicterow’s performance proved musical but bland, fluent but unconcerned with the jazz undercurrent of the work’s finale, Bell’s account was tonally radiant, profoundly lyrical and unflagging in emotional intensity. Howard Reich,, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 Baldwin’s prose ranges from richly colloquial to soaringly, sometimes wrathfully lyrical. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Love Hoping for Justice," 13 Dec. 2018 While Night Vale was its own phenomenon, Alice Isn’t Dead stands out for its overall tone and the evocative, lyrical writing. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "10 scary podcasts to listen to in the dark," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lyrical

1581, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lyrical

: having an artistically beautiful or expressive quality

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