[ lir-iz-uhm ]


Origin of lyrism

From the Greek word lyrismós, dating back to 1855–60. See lyre, -ism

Words Nearby lyrism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use lyrism in a sentence

  • For a hundred thousand francs he promises bursts of lyrism; for fifty thousand he will be enthusiastic only.

    Other People's Money | Emile Gaboriau
  • Prophecy, says M. Albert Rville, is to religion what lyrism is to poetry.

  • For lyric savagery and savage lyrism these Chansons des Gueux have no counterpart, so far as I know, in modern literature.

    Paris and the Social Revolution | Alvan Francis Sanborn
  • The purely human reality is capable of lyrism but not of abstraction.

    Chance | Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for lyrism


/ (ˈlɪrɪzəm) /

  1. the art or technique of playing the lyre

  2. a less common word for lyricism

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