[ el-i-jahy-uhk, -ak, ih-lee-jee-ak ]
/ ˌɛl ɪˈdʒaɪ ək, -æk, ɪˈli dʒiˌæk /
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adjective Also el·e·gi·a·cal.
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM elegiacel·e·gi·a·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for elegiac
/ (ˌɛlɪˈdʒaɪək) /
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
Derived forms of elegiacelegiacally, adverb
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