- used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
- expressing sorrow or lamentation: elegiac strains.
- Classical Prosody. noting a distich or couplet the first line of which is a dactylic hexameter and the second a pentameter, or a verse differing from the hexameter by suppression of the arsis or metrically unaccented part of the third and the sixth foot.
- an elegiac or distich verse.
- a poem in such distichs or verses.
Origin of elegiac
Examples from the Web for elegiac
They are variously loud, meditative, dramatic, witty, sexy, searing, and elegiac.The Queer Genius of Film Director Derek Jarman
November 1, 2014
“I drive through the streets and see people without hope,” he says in the elegiac narration that ends the film.Are Narcocorrido Mexican Drug Ballads Really That Bad?
November 24, 2013
Six Feet Under ended its six-season run with perhaps the most elegiac, moving final scene a series has ever produced.‘Breaking Bad’ and TV’s Five Most Shocking Flash-Forward Scenes
August 12, 2013
As David Quammen described in his elegiac The Song of the Dodo, islands are “where species go to die.”Why Do We Save Some Species and Let Others Get Devastated?
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
May 21, 2013
But he is one of the best deadline artists in the business, and his series on the dying of his father was unflinching and elegiac.John Avlon’s Picks for 12 Best Opinion Columns of 2012
December 31, 2012
In the fine melancholy of his elegiac poetry he is almost modern.A History of French Literature
Lyrical, satirical, and elegiac poetry had been carried to perfection.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
The dishes she had left he carried away with an elegiac solemnity.
She let him wait awhile—then went to him with an elegiac manner.
In this respect they are unlike the normal type of elegiac poetry.Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon
- resembling, characteristic of, relating to, or appropriate to an elegy
- lamenting; mournful; plaintive
- denoting or written in elegiac couplets or elegiac stanzas
- (often plural) an elegiac couplet or stanza
Word Origin and History for elegiac
1580s, from Middle French élégiaque, from Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from eleigeia (see elegy). Related: Elegiacally.