Meaning of “elegiac” in the English Dictionary

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"elegiac" in British English

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elegiacadjective

/ˌel.ɪˈdʒaɪ.ək/ /ˌel.əˈdʒaɪ.ək/ literary

Examples from literature

  • And before you reach the end you will have encountered en route pretty nearly all the moods of poetry that exist: tragic, humorous, ironic, elegiac, lyric—everything. 
  • I turn now to the elegiac poets of modern times. 
  • Rather tender and elegiac than vigorous, the deep sadness underlying the most sparkling forms of his work is most notable. 
  • She concluded in the following elegiac strain, which did not fail to touch our sympathies. 
  • Six lines in elegiac couplets. 

(Definition of “elegiac” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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