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Sunday, September 11, 2011

elegiac

\el-i-JAHY-uhk\ , adjective;
1.
Relating to the mourning or remembering of the dead.
2.
Used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
3.
Expressing sorrow.
Quotes:
This is an evocative and profoundly elegiacsequence that connects the team in the clubhouse with the field of play and the ballpark.
-- Paul Loukides, Linda K. Fuller, Beyond the Stars: Locales in American popular film
It is this elegiac concept of happiness that transforms existence into a forest preserve of memory for Proust.
-- Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project
Origin:
Elegiac stems from the Greek elegos, "poem or song of lament," a word that may date back to the Phrygian language.
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