What does the word elegiac mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Pertaining to elegies; sad; plaintive. elegiacal.

Usage examples for elegiac

  1. And even in comedy as in tragedy, in prosaic even as in prophetic inspiration, in imitative as in imaginative works of genius, the sovereign of modern poets has detected the same touch of terror wherever the deepest note possible has been struck, the fullest sense possible of genuine and peculiar power conveyed to the student of lyric or dramatic, epic or elegiac masters. – The Age of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  2. The next, in F minor, has a more elegiac ring. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  3. Epic, Dramatic, Lyric, Elegiac, Didactic, Satiric and Pastoral. – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway