Elegiac
Elegiac E*le"gi*ac (?; 277), a. [L. elegiacus, Gr. ?: cf. F. ['e]l['e]giaque. See {Elegy}.] 1. Belonging to elegy, or written in elegiacs; plaintive; expressing sorrow or lamentation; as, an elegiac lay; elegiac strains. [1913 Webster]

Elegiac griefs, and songs of love. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster]

2. Used in elegies; as, elegiac verse; the elegiac distich or couplet, consisting of a dactylic hexameter and pentameter. [1913 Webster]


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  • Elegiac — refers either to those compositions that are like elegies or to a specific poetic meter used in Classical elegies. The Classical elegiac meter has two lines, making it a couplet: a line of dactylic hexameter, followed by a line of dactylic… …   Wikipedia

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  • Elegiac — E*le gi*ac, n. Elegiac verse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elegiac — [el΄ə jī′ə kəlel ē′jē ak΄, i lē′jē ak΄; el΄ə jī′ak΄, el΄ə jī′ək] adj. [LL elegiacus < Gr elegeiakos < elegeia: see ELEGY] 1. Gr. & Latin Prosody of or composed in dactylic hexameter couplets, the second line (sometimes called a pentameter)… …   English World dictionary

  • elegiac — index disconsolate, lugubrious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • elegiac — англ. [илиджа/йэк] elegiaco ит. [эледжи/ако] élégiaque фр. [элежиа/к] elegisch нем. [эле/гиш] элегический, печальный …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • elegiac — 1580s, from M.Fr. élégiaque, from L. elegiacus, from Gk. elegeiakos, from eleigeia (see ELEGY (Cf. elegy)). Related: Elegiacally …   Etymology dictionary

  • elegiac — [adj] lamenting doleful, funereal, melancholy, mournful, sad, sorrowful, threnodial; concept 403 …   New thesaurus

  • elegiac — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or characteristic of an elegy. 2) wistfully mournful. DERIVATIVES elegiacally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • elegiac — also elegiacal adjective Etymology: Late Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeion Date: 1542 1. a. of, relating to, or consisting of two dactylic hexameter lines the second of which lacks the arsis in the third and sixth feet b. (1)… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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