[ UK /ˈɛlɪd‍ʒək/ ]
  1. resembling or characteristic of or appropriate to an elegy
    an elegiac poem on a friend's death
  2. expressing sorrow often for something past
    an elegiac lament for youthful ideals
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How To Use elegiac In A Sentence

  • It is in Latin elegiac verse, and as being directed against ambition and discontent may be compared with the first satire of Horace. History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) With an Introduction upon Ancient Humour
  • With its elegiac note of a civilisation falling apart while two old men continue their moves toward checkmate, the story is a luminous exploration of a culture that is both realisable yet tantalisingly intangible.
  • Things are more sombre and serious in the second half, giving way to a darker, more elegiac mood. Times, Sunday Times
  • Irina recounted Rostov’s history in elegiac tones. Escape to Old Russia
  • Both catch the film's elegiac mood, bathed in southern sunshine but overhung with impending death.
  • IMAGINE that you are a teacher of Roman history and the Latin language, anxious to impart your enthusiasm for the ancient world – for the elegiacs of Ovid and the odes of Horace, the sinewy economy of Latin grammar as exhibited in the oratory of Cicero, the strategic niceties of the Punic Wars, the generalship of Julius Caesar and the voluptuous excesses of the later emperors. THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
  • His surviving poems are all written in elegiac couplets, with the exception of the Metamorphoses, which is in hexameters. Letter 56
  • ‘Typhoon’ ties all the elements into an expressionist's cloud - bright splashes and rough scratches, calls, Fernandez's elegiac guitar, heavy African polyrhythms and an incessantly looped vocal sample.
  • Her photographs, though in one sense a documentary of her life, have an elegiac quality. Times, Sunday Times
  • By the way, I think it's a wonderful scene. an elegiac scene, very touching.
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