Meaning of ELEGIAC in English


I. |elə̇|jīək, -lē|- also -īˌak; also ə̇ˈlējēˌak or ēˈlē- adjective

also el·e·gi·a·cal |elə̇|jīəkəl, -lē|-

Etymology: Late Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeion elegiac couplet, elegy


a. : consisting of two dactylic hexameter lines the second of which is often felt to be pentameter and is made up of two hemistichs each containing two dactyls and a long syllable : consisting of two dactylic hexameter lines the second of which has the short elements omitted in the third and sixth feet — usually used of classical Greek couplets

b. : comprising or metrically similar to the second line of such a couplet


(1) : written in or consisting of such couplets

(2) : noted for having written poetry in such couplets

d. : of or relating to the period in Greece around the seventh century B.C. when poetry written in such couplets flourished

2. : of, relating to, befitting, or comprising elegy or an elegy

an elegiac poem on the death of a friend

especially : expressing sorrow or lamentation often for something now past : plaintive , nostalgic , melancholy

an elegiac regret for departed youth

an elegiac lament for a long-lost tradition

elegiac poignance, excruciating nostalgia — Peggy Bennett

3. : being the meter characteristic of a kinah — compare kinah meter

II. noun

( -s )

: an elegiac couplet, verse, or poem

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