lyr·​i·​cism | \ˈlir-ə-ˌsi-zəm \

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

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However, his music evades obvious categorizations, as his piano-centric songs, Sinatra-like baritone and witty lyricism doesn’t cleanly place him in indie rock, modern pop or jazz. Lizzie Manno, Billboard, "Matt Maltese: The Apocalyptic British Singer-Songwriter That America Desperately Needs," 10 July 2018 On Ye and Scorpion, Ty provides respite from Drake and Kanye’s self-centric lyricism, but not all of Dolla’s collaborative efforts are so fraught. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Feature Artist, He’s a Star," 2 July 2018 Meanwhile, Whitman's vocal lines can convey an effusive lyricism as well as turn poignantly intimate. Mark Swed,, "Walt Whitman's operatic America in 'Crossing' gets its West Coast premiere," 27 May 2018 The pervasive lyricism and sense of elegance that defined the piece affirmed that the MJQ ethos still wields influence at this late date. Howard Reich,, "Gregory Porter sounds sumptuous with CSO," 12 June 2018 His compulsion fed a lyricism that separated him from peers. Andy Mccullough,, "The 'Bipolar Rock 'N' Roller' calls some of combat sports' biggest events. But his real fight is against the stigma of mental illness," 23 May 2018 Adding to the lyricism of the film is the dreamy-epic theme music by Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell), while other incidental music sounds tacky and syrupy to Western ears. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 Playwright Jennifer Barclay addresses a pressing issue with restraint, lyricism and even beauty, adopting much the same the style as Thornton Wilder’s classic play. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in SoCal theater: 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella' and more," 16 June 2018 But the show turns up pictures, especially still-lifes, whose lyricism is as surprising as birds escaping a magician’s top hat. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Giacometti’s Skinny Sublimity," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of lyricism

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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