lyr·​i·​cism | \ ˈlir-ə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce lyricism (audio) \

Definition of lyricism

1 : the quality or state of being lyric : songfulness
2a : an intense personal quality expressive of feeling or emotion in an art (such as poetry or music)
b : exuberance the sort of author who inspires lyricism or invective, not judicious interpretationTime

Examples of lyricism in a Sentence

the lyricism of his paintings
Recent Examples on the Web This may have a winning lyricism as Marina, 5, leaves Argentina’s desert north for a southern fishing village, encountering her grandfather, an old sailor, friends, and adventures. John Hopewell, Variety, 18 Oct. 2021 In a city celebrated for its garage rock and indie pop creations, a group like Horsegirl — deeply rooted in the aesthetic sounds of the indie rock past with lyricism and a distinct Gen Z intelligence and playfulness — took time to find its footing. Britt Julious,, 24 Dec. 2021 The prose here is complex and largely free of lyricism; instead, McCarthy opts for the precision of scientific or instructional language. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 The lyricism that’s paired with some yoga moves at the end of the drama also fails to hit the mark. Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 At times, this sensuous lyricism even spills over into outright dreaminess, as the gutter of a book turns into the crevice between warm thighs or when Ahmed imagines a stylus drawing ink across his body, and eventually drawing blood from a wound. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 7 Nov. 2021 Conducting from memory, Hrusa conjured vintage Dvorak: feisty tempos, precipitous dynamics, bold phrasing, and irresistible lyricism. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 5 Nov. 2021 Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 is a place for Thomas to display elegance (as well as brashness); Berg’s Violin Concerto, which Thomas recently recorded, shows his feeling for the work’s lyricism (as well as for its Second Viennese School bite). New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 The opera is filled with moments of turbulence and lyricism, scenes of striking dissonance and sentimental harmony. Noah Sheidlower, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of lyricism

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2022

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“Lyricism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of lyricism

: a quality that expresses deep feelings or emotions in a work of art : an artistically beautiful or expressive quality


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