Elegiac definitions

ĕl'ə-jī'ək, ĭ-lē'jē-ăk'
Of or composed in dactylic-hexameter couplets, the second line (sometimes called a pentameter) having only an accented syllable in the third and sixth feet: the form was used for elegies and various other lyric poems.
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Of, like, or fit for an elegy.
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Sad; mournful; plaintive.
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An elegiac couplet.
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A series of such couplets; poem or poems written in such couplets.
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Of, relating to, or involving elegy or mourning or expressing sorrow for that which is irrecoverably past.

An elegiac lament for youthful ideals.

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Of or composed in elegiac couplets.
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The definition of elegiac is full of mourning and sorrow.

An example of something elegiac is a poem about the loss of a loved one.

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Of, or relating to an elegy.

The elegiac distich or couplet, consisting of a dactylic hexameter and pentameter.

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Expressing sorrow or mourning.
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A poem composed in the couplet style of classical elegies: a line of dactylic hexameter followed by a line of dactylic pentameter.
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Origin of elegiac

Late Latin elegīacus from Greek elegeiakos from elegeia elegy elegy