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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elegist the author of a mournful poem lamenting the dead
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Elegist A write of elegies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elegist A writer of elegies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Elegist a writer of elegies
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. elegos, a lament.


In literature:

In a general way, one may say that he was a great elegist in music.
"Musicians of To-Day" by Romain Rolland
Sir Philip Sidney was addressed as 'Willy' by some of his elegists.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
This is no reminiscence of the Roman elegists, but true modern sentiment.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Four Books of elegiac poems are attributed to Tibullus, who ranks first among Roman elegists in the view of Quintilian, x.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
From an idyllist and elegist we find him suddenly transformed into an unsparing master of poetical satire.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
Callinus of Ephesus, who flourished in the 7th century, is the earliest elegist of whom we possess fragments.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
That is the peasant elegist's way of speaking of a sudden death, caused very likely by the chill of nightfall.
"Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886)" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
Between transcription from the Latin elegists and reproduction of Petrarch there lay for them no choice.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
The earliest of the Greek elegists, Callinus and Tyrtaeus, use elegy to rouse a warlike spirit in sinking hearts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5" by Various
The elegist returns to the dreadful subject as though fascinated by the terror of it.
"Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon" by Walter Adeney

In news:

An Elegist 's New England, a Buddhist's Dante.