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elegiac (adj.)

1580s, in reference to lines of verse of a particular construction, from French élégiaque, from Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from eleigeia (see elegy). In ancient Greece the verse form was used especially with mournful music. Meaning "pertaining to an elegy or elegies" is from 1640s in English; loosened sense "expressing sorrow, lamenting" is from c. 1800. Related: Elegiacal (1540s, of meter); elegiacally.

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Definitions of elegiac from WordNet

elegiac (adj.)
resembling or characteristic of or appropriate to an elegy;
an elegiac poem on a friend's death
elegiac (adj.)
expressing sorrow often for something past;
an elegiac lament for youthful ideals
From wordnet.princeton.edu