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[lir-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈlɪr əˌsɪz əm/
lyric character or style, as in poetry.
lyric feeling; enthusiasm, especially when unrestrained or exaggerated.
Origin of lyricism
First recorded in 1750-60; lyric + -ism
Related forms
nonlyricism, noun Unabridged
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  • The lyricism of the evening was in the cellar at present, and was not to be drawn from that retreat just yet.

    Adam Bede George Eliot
  • He was the master of the nuance, and the nuance was his lyricism, his special gift, his genius.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • For whenever the scene does not admit of a directly ethical interpretation, refuge is invariably taken in lyricism.

  • But there is good verbalism, distinct from lyricism or imagism, and in this Laforgue is a master.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • We are grateful for his lyricism and for his exquisite goldsmithery.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • Moreover, the lyricism of the Fontainebleau painters was not in him.

  • But the lyricism of Tennyson, the music of Tennyson, is as real now as it was then.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • Phrases of an apparent intensity and lyricism are negated by frivolous and tinkling passage-work.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • Otherwise there is only a faculty for lyricism, and that exists everywhere.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • The whole book is of a kind almost unknown in a time when lyricism has become abstract and impersonal.

    The Cutting of an Agate William Butler Yeats
British Dictionary definitions for lyricism


the quality or style of lyric poetry
emotional or enthusiastic outpouring
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lyricism

1760, from lyric + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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