from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The character or quality of subjectivity and sensuality of expression, especially in the arts.
  • n. The quality or state of being melodious; melodiousness.
  • n. An intense outpouring of exuberant emotion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Great enthusiasm.
  • n. Suitability to be sung or used as lyrics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lyric composition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lyrical composition.
  • n. A lyrical utterance or mode of expression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being suitable for singing
  • n. unrestrained and exaggerated enthusiasm


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  • On the other end, there's the opening movement of Faschingsschwank aus Wien, where the lyricism is always being interrupted by a boisterous beer-hall ritornello: Florestan suddenly showing up to shake Eusebius out of his reverie and drag him back to the party.

    Been there, done that

  • But then, I am notably lacking in lyricism, myself.

    And Again, Love « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Can one fail to see that lyricism is the diametric opposite to the cult of strength and power and, in an utterly natural manner, offers itself as a corrective to our tendency to resolve society's problems by forcible means and through power struggles, through technological, financial, organizational, political, and physical power - power that, in any case, is ultimately merely a product of incomplete insight («ein Produkt unvollständiger Einsicht»)?

    Jaroslav Seifert - Nobel Lecture

  • All that's left is a pained lyricism, which is sometimes brilliant, but can also feel so self-regarding and wet.

    New Statesman

  • He does frequently employ the declarative mode, but this approach also prompts Kerouac to long, cumulative sentences that invoke a kind of lyricism:

    October 2009

  • It wasn't just the overheated, nonsensical "lyricism," which vito_excalibur mentions here.


  • This kind of lyricism has come to define what Marjorie Perloff has called “official verse-culture,” and indeed this kind of “sentiment” does in fact seem to confront every “crisis of subjectivity” with a reassuring return to the normality of thoughtful meditation.

    By the Letters : Christian Bök : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • His "lyricism" is by no means what we understand by that term.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • "What could we have sent?" he went on, in the kind of lyricism Danes fall into when discussing the mermaid.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Sharp replaces the dominant pastoral image of the English countryside, not with a deflated quotidian realism, but with a different kind of lyricism, one coloured by revolt: fields and ditches become hiding places or battlegrounds; landscapes that on the surface seem tranquil still reverberate with the unavented spectral rage of murdered working class martyrs.


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