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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Rodi welcomed him to the new position with a Lynyrd Skynyd lyrical reference. al, "New Catholic bishop takes office," 23 June 2020 Who was this young guy delivering a lyrical assault of vulgar words so casually? cleveland, "50 greatest rap verses since 2010," 8 June 2020 The romance between Brás Cubas and Virgília is convincing and wildly lyrical. Dave Eggers, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering One of the Wittiest Books Ever Written," 2 June 2020 Jay-Z epitomized hip-hop’s merger of corporate CEO with lyrical artist. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Power and Business of Hip-Hop: A Reading List on an American Art Form," 12 Sep. 2010 What’s remarkable is that Shriver, who is at her most lyrical and compelling when contemplating her characters’ ambivalence, is so inordinately assured of her positions on real-world issues that many of us find confounding. Ariel Levy, The New Yorker, "Lionel Shriver Is Looking for Trouble," 25 May 2020 In music, there’s always pretty heavy, heartfelt lyrical content, and a lot of the songs are about pretty serious subject matters. Caleb Wiegandt, The Courier-Journal, "'How would we ever come apart?' MercyMe brings 25 years of music to the Yum Center," 18 Oct. 2019 All of the music used in the present study was instrumental, and lyrical music will likely be more complex. Cindi May, Scientific American, "Does Music Boost Your Cognitive Performance?," 3 Mar. 2020 Then, to give the audience a taste of the powerful and moving sonic and lyrical portraits comprising The Movement Revisited, McBride and Nelson welcomed veteran actress Beverly Todd, subbing for Sanchez as Rosa Parks. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Christian McBride Sonically Portrays Black History on 'The Movement Revisited' at Grammy Museum," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lyrical

1581, in the meaning defined above

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“Lyrical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lyrical

: having an artistically beautiful or expressive quality

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