Part of speech: noun

A funeral song; a plaintive meditative poem.

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Usage examples "elegy":

  1. The poet Euripides, after their defeat and utter overthrow wrote this elegy upon them: " Eight times they beat the Syracusan host, Before the gods themselves declared them lost." - "Plutarch's Lives Volume III.", Plutarch.
  2. Answer me as to all this, for perhaps your long elegy of a wife no longer allows you your liberty as she did. - "Cousin Betty", Honore de Balzac.
  3. He sits down desperately; the messenger rings at the bell; the children drum on the door; the servants run up from time to time to say the messenger is getting bored; and the pencil staggers along, making the world a present of fifteen hundred unimportant words, and making Shakespeare a present of a portion of Gray's Elegy; putting " fantastic roots wreathed high" instead of " antique roots peep out." - "Gilbert Keith Chesterton", Maisie Ward.