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elegiac

[el-i-jahy-uh k, -ak, ih-lee-jee-ak] /ˌɛl ɪˈdʒaɪ ək, -æk, ɪˈli dʒiˌæk/
adjective, Also, elegiacal
1.
used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
2.
expressing sorrow or lamentation:
elegiac strains.
3.
Classical Prosody. noting a distich or couplet the first line of which is a dactylic hexameter and the second a pentameter, or a verse differing from the hexameter by suppression of the arsis or metrically unaccented part of the third and the sixth foot.
noun
4.
an elegiac or distich verse.
5.
a poem in such distichs or verses.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; (< Middle French) < Latin elegīacus < Greek elegeiakós. See elegy, -ac
Related forms
elegiacally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for elegiacal

elegiac

/ˌɛlɪˈdʒaɪək/
adjective
1.
resembling, characteristic of, relating to, or appropriate to an elegy
2.
lamenting; mournful; plaintive
3.
denoting or written in elegiac couplets or elegiac stanzas
noun
4.
(often pl) an elegiac couplet or stanza
Derived Forms
elegiacally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for elegiacal

elegiac

adj.

1580s, from Middle French élégiaque, from Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from eleigeia (see elegy). Related: Elegiacally.

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