elegy

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French elegie, from Latin elegīa, itself a borrowing from Ancient Greek ἐλεγείᾱ (elegeíā), ellipsis of ἐλεγείᾱ ᾠδή (elegeíā ōidḗ, an elegiac song).

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elegy (plural elegies)

  1. A mournful or plaintive poem; a funeral song; a poem of lamentation. [from early 16th c.]
  2. (music) A composition of mournful character.
  3. a classical poem written in elegiac meter

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  • requiem – a piece of music played at a mass for the dead

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  • eulogy – similar sounding funeral word

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