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

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While not a lot happens in First Cow by the standards of most two-hour narrative films, and some may wish for a less open-ended conclusion, the drama's rough-edged lyricism kept me rapt the entire time. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'First Cow': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 The truly great announcers are capable of a lyricism on the fly that stands up even when read on the page. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Baseball on the Radio," 22 Aug. 2019 There’s lyricism and humor, too, especially from Medea’s tart servant Tita, and her daffy neighborhood friend, Louisa, who runs a churro cart. New York Times, "Rewriting Greek Tragedies as Immigrant Stories," 12 July 2019 The music poured out of him eloquently and ardently, his lyricism never tarnished with harsh excess at the louder dynamics. Timothy Mangan,, "Review: L.A. Opera brings back its '20s take on 'Traviata,' and the singing shimmers," 3 June 2019 With more than two decades experience in lyricism and music composition, music was a natural choice. Laura Johnston,, "Two songs to commemorate Cuyahoga River’s 50 years reborn," 12 Aug. 2019 She's just outdone herself with the lyricism which is saying a lot because Taylor is like known for having incredible lyrics. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Fans Think That Taylor Swift's New Album "Lover" May Include a Collab With Selena Gomez and Katy Perry," 6 Aug. 2019 The melodies have heart, the choruses are brilliantly catchy and the pure lyricism possesses a relatability that extends across all ages. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "'SpongeBob SquarePants' Voice Actor Tom Kenny, Songwriter Andy Paley & More Reflect on 20 Years of Laughter & Music," 23 July 2019 The rhapsodic lyricism and dry gallows humor, the speed and nimbleness of the tonal shifts, drew me in to these books. Francine Prose, Harper's magazine, "Down and Out in the Peloponnesus," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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