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[lir-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈlɪr əˌsɪz əm/
lyric character or style, as in poetry.
lyric feeling; enthusiasm, especially when unrestrained or exaggerated.
Origin of lyricism
1750-60; lyric + -ism
Related forms
nonlyricism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lyricism
  • Again, this trait has threatened the more philosophical lyricism of his music as an art form.
  • Sumptuous singing and lyricism at the keyboard are always collectable.
  • We may come back to the many efforts of lyricism in the text, which don't often scale the intended heights.
  • The late paintings have an airy lightness and a lyricism for which there is no precedent in a half century of the artist's work.
  • Dove creates work that is equal parts lyricism, critique, and politics.
  • Her lyricism is discussed in an extensive introduction.
  • Rhythms, cadences, and lyricism in his prose often carry the narrative forward as in verse.
  • His poems have their own qualities of delicate lyricism and honesty of vision.
  • The crime procedural's taut lyricism was fiercely engaging.
British Dictionary definitions for lyricism


the quality or style of lyric poetry
emotional or enthusiastic outpouring
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lyricism

1760, from lyric + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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