[el-i-jahy-uh k, -ak, ih-lee-jee-ak]
- 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
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- 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
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1580s, from Middle French élégiaque, from Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from eleigeia (see elegy). Related: Elegiacally.
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