Word of the DaySunday, September 11, 2011
\el-i-JAHY-uhk\ , adjective;
Relating to the mourning or remembering of the dead.
Used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
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
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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