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Elegiac: 1. expressing sorrow or lamentation; elegiac strains. 2. used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy. 3. Clas. Pros. noting a distich the first line of which is a dactylic hexameter and the second a pentameter. -n. 4. an elegiac verse. 5. a poem or poems in such verses. co modo
Elegy 1. a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem. esp. a lament for the dead. 2. poety or a poem written in elegiac meter. 3. a sad or mournful musical composition. [< L elegā(a) < GK elegeía. orig. neut. pl. of elegeíos elegiac = éleg(os) a lament + -eios adj. suffix]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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