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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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  • He was the master of the nuance, and the nuance was his lyricism, his special gift, his genius.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • We are grateful for his lyricism and for his exquisite goldsmithery.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • 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
  • But there is good verbalism, distinct from lyricism or imagism, and in this Laforgue is a master.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Moreover, the lyricism of the Fontainebleau painters was not in him.

  • They are the affirmation and the denial of life, its Yes and its No, its irony and its lyricism.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
  • Otherwise there is only a faculty for lyricism, and that exists everywhere.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • 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
  • lyricism in France is a new faculty; I believe that the education of the Jesuits has been a considerable misfortune to letters.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • For whenever the scene does not admit of a directly ethical interpretation, refuge is invariably taken in lyricism.

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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