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 The group was praised for its use of turntablism, break-beat deejaying, choreographed stage routines, and lyricism. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Selena, Salt-N-Pepa Among Recording Academy’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients," 22 Dec. 2020 Leilani’s run-on sentences, the abundant lyricism of her prose, have raised a few eyebrows. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "My Favorite Fiction of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Perfectly weighted descriptive sentences, with just a flicker of dour lyricism. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Singular Achievement of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," 14 Dec. 2020 The duo already had classics, driven by dope beats and clever lyricism. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "'Stankonia’ at 20: Ranking every Outkast song from worst to best," 27 Oct. 2020 The title track is just head-boppingly clever lyricism. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Weekly Run newsletter: Early insights from the Utah Jazz’s ‘Media Week’," 2 Dec. 2020 Through archival material and interviews, the film also illuminates the socioeconomic factors that informed the lyricism of Breed, Bootleg and the other hip-hop figures from the Midwest. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Freep Film Festival virtual festival kicks off Wednesday. Here's how to watch.," 30 Nov. 2020 Thomas and Jaclyn Rainey — principal horn of the Atlanta Symphony — infused their parts with elegant lyricism. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas Symphony musicians spotlight Black and female composers," 11 Nov. 2020 Rankine’s lyricism, however, is as orderly as a town hall. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Black women refusing to be silenced. That’s the sound of this ‘November’," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lyricism

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lyricism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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