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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elegy  \El"e*gy\,  n.;  pl  {Elegies}.  [L.  elegia,  Gr  ?,  fem. 
  sing.  (cf.  ?,  prop.,  neut.  pl  of  ?  a  distich  in  elegiac 
  verse),  fr  ?  elegiac,  fr  ?  a  song  of  mourning.] 
  A  mournful  or  plaintive  poem;  a  funereal  song;  a  poem  of 
  lamentation.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elegy 
  n  :  a  mournful  poem;  a  lament  for  the  dead  [syn:  {lament}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ELEGY,  n.  A  composition  in  verse,  in  which  without  employing  any  of 
  the  methods  of  humor,  the  writer  aims  to  produce  in  the  reader's  mind 
  the  dampest  kind  of  dejection.  The  most  famous  English  example  begins 
  somewhat  like  this: 
 
  The  cur  foretells  the  knell  of  parting  day 
  The  loafing  herd  winds  slowly  o'er  the  lea; 
  The  wise  man  homeward  plods;  I  only  stay 
  To  fiddle-faddle  in  a  minor  key. 
 
 




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