elegiacally

elegiac

[el-i-jahy-uhk, -ak, ih-lee-jee-ak]
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:
1575–85; (< Middle French) < Latin elegīacus < Greek elegeiakós. See elegy, -ac

elegiacally, adverb
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elegiac (ˌɛlɪˈdʒaɪək)
 
adj
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
 
n
4.  (often plural) an elegiac couplet or stanza
 
ele'giacally
 
adv

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elegiac
1580s, from L. elegiacus, from Gk. elegeiakos, from eleigeion (see elegy). Related: Elegiacally.
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