[ lir-ik ]
/ ˈlɪr ɪk /
adjective Also lyr·i·cal.
(of poetry) having the form and musical quality of a song, and especially the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.
pertaining to or writing lyric poetry: a lyric poet.
characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling: a lyric song; lyric writing.
pertaining to, rendered by, or employing singing.
(of a voice) relatively light of volume and modest in range: a lyric soprano.
pertaining, adapted, or sung to the lyre, or composing poems to be sung to the lyre: ancient Greek lyric odes.
a lyric poem.
Often lyrics. the words of a song.
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OTHER WORDS FROM lyric
lyr·i·cal·ly, adverblyr·i·cal·ness, nounnon·lyr·ic, adjectivenon·lyr·i·cal, adjective
non·lyr·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·lyr·i·cal·ness, nounsem·i·lyr·ic, adjectivesem·i·lyr·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·lyr·i·cal·ly, adverbun·lyr·ic, adjectiveun·lyr·i·cal, adjectiveun·lyr·i·cal·ly, adverbun·lyr·i·cal·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-lyrical
/ (ˈlɪrɪk) /
- expressing the writer's personal feelings and thoughts
- having the form and manner of a song
of or relating to such poetry
(of music) having songlike qualities
(of a singing voice) having a light quality and tone
intended for singing, esp (in classical Greece) to the accompaniment of the lyre
a short poem of songlike quality
(plural) the words of a popular song
Also (for senses 1–4): lyrical
Derived forms of lyriclyrically, adverblyricalness, noun
Word Origin for lyric
C16: from Latin lyricus, from Greek lurikos, from lura lyre
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Cultural definitions for non-lyrical
A kind of poetry, generally short, characterized by a musical use of language. Lyric poetry often involves the expression of intense personal emotion. The elegy, the ode, and the sonnet are forms of the lyric poem.
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