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) written in or consisting of elegiac couplets (2) noted for having written poetry in such couplets c. of or relating to the period in Greece about the seventh century B.C. when poetry written in such couplets flourished 2. of, relating to, or comprising elegy or an elegy; especially expressing sorrow often for something now past <
an elegiac lament for departed youth
elegiac nounelegiacally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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