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[lir-uh-siz-uh m]
  1. lyric character or style, as in poetry.
  2. lyric feeling; enthusiasm, especially when unrestrained or exaggerated.
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Origin of lyricism

First recorded in 1750–60; lyric + -ism
Related formsnon·lyr·i·cism, noun
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Examples from the Web for lyricism

Historical Examples

  • We are grateful for his lyricism and for his exquisite goldsmithery.

    Adventures in the Arts

    Marsden Hartley

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

    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.


    Ezra Pound

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

British Dictionary definitions for lyricism


  1. the quality or style of lyric poetry
  2. emotional or enthusiastic outpouring
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Word Origin and History for lyricism


1760, from lyric + -ism.

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