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 As a performer Frahm has had numerous fruitful collaborations with vocalists, and his playing reflects a deep sensitivity and lyricism as well as a delicacy with phrasing. John Adamian,, "Saxophonist Joel Frahm returning to West Hartford to play in jazz fundraiser," 25 Oct. 2019 Named for her sister who died of cancer as a teenager, the album is poignant, personal, and embodies a sense of strength captured in Howard’s soulful lyricism. Sarah Cook, al, "Birmingham magazine’s October culture picks," 18 Oct. 2019 An engaging one shines with the lyricism of poetry and the deliberate action of a play shuttling from scene to scene. David Silverberg, Washington Post, "A master of the short story finds humor in the darkest places," 6 Sep. 2019 While there are plenty of likable elements—impassioned melodies, slick production, motivated guest appearances—the album is dominated by generic worship lyricism and overfamiliar sounds. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "On Jesus Is King, Kanye West Finds God, But Loses His Inspiration," 28 Oct. 2019 In keeping with the world of macho gangsta lyricism, his songs bristle with violent and criminal imagery and profane passion. al, "‘Investments’ paying off for Alabama rapper Yung Bleu," 30 Sep. 2019 Elements of atonality and sturdy diatonic harmony and moments of fleeting lyricism and blazing sonorities often merge or clash. New York Times, "Christopher Rouse, Composer of Rage and Delicacy, Dies at 70," 23 Sep. 2019 The song and video mark a more playful turn for Jorja’s music, showcasing her experimentation with more dance-centric beats and flirty lyricism without sacrificing her velvety voice and tone. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "Jorja Smith Cruises Through the Stages of Summer in Her “Be Honest” Music Video," 16 Aug. 2019 With Kydd, the distance produces an interiority that is strenuously poetical and highly self-aware in its lyricism., "At the Griffin Museum, three shows and an array of photography talent - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lyricism

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Dec 2019

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“Lyricism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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