elegy

[el-i-jee]
noun, plural elegies.
1.
a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
2.
a poem written in elegiac meter.
3.
a sad or mournful musical composition.

Origin:
1505–15; (< Middle French) < Latin elegīa < Greek elegeía, orig. neuter plural of elegeîos elegiac, equivalent to éleg(os) a lament + -eios adj. suffix

elegy, eulogy.
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elegy (ˈɛlɪdʒɪ)
 
n , pl -gies
1.  a mournful or plaintive poem or song, esp a lament for the dead
2.  poetry or a poem written in elegiac couplets or stanzas
 

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elegy
1514, from M.Fr. elegie, from L. elegia, from Gk. elegeia ode "an elegaic song," from elegeia, fem. of elegeios "elegaic," from elegos "poem or song of lament," perhaps from a Phrygian word.
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elegy [(el-uh-jee)]

A form of poetry that mourns the loss of someone who has died or something that has deteriorated. A notable example is the “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray. (Compare eulogy.)

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Example sentences
It's an elegy to the loss of individuality.
His elegy on Oakes reaches a length of over four hundred lines.
Murray's smart novel, set in a Dublin boys' school, is an elegy to lost youth.
Their dancing was both celebration and elegy.
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