adjective Also el·e·gi·a·cal.
Related formsel·e·gi·a·cal·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for elegiac
They are variously loud, meditative, dramatic, witty, sexy, searing, and elegiac.
“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?|Jimmy So|November 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|August 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|John Avlon|December 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Egypt seems to have been the birthplace of the mournful elegy, and Callimachus was the chief of the elegiac poets.
He died at the age of thirty-five, and was lamented by his more poetical fellow citizens in elegiac strains.The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. V (of 6)|Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Elegiac Verse has commonly been adopted by German poets for their elegies, but by English poets never.
In classic poetry what is known as elegiac verse is composed of couplets consisting of alternate hexameter and pentameter lines.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
Among these the Elegiac verse of the ancients (hexameter alternating with pentameter) was attempted by Sidney in his Arcadia.A History of English Versification|Jakob Schipper