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Lyric is the adjective to use when referring to a type of poetry that expresses the poet's feelings in set forms such as an ode or sonnet (lyric poet / lyric verses). A lyric is a poem of this kind, and in modern use lyrics (plural) denotes the words of a popular song. Lyrical is occasionally used for the adjective lyric (as in Wordsworth's title Lyrical Ballads, 1798), but predominantly means ‘using language appropriate to lyric poetry’, and is therefore more allusive and descriptive. It is also used in the expression wax lyrical, meaning ‘to talk in enthusiastic terms about something’.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • lyrical — [lir′i kəl] adj. 1. LYRIC 2. characterized by or expressing rapture or great enthusiasm [a lyrical account of her trip] lyrically adv. * * * lyr·i·cal (lĭrʹĭ kəl) adj. 1. a. Exp …   Universalium

  • lyrical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of literature, art, or music) expressing the writer s emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way. 2) (of poetry) lyric. 3) relating to the words of a popular song. ● wax lyrical Cf. ↑wax lyrical DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • lyrical — [lir′i kəl] adj. 1. LYRIC 2. characterized by or expressing rapture or great enthusiasm [a lyrical account of her trip] lyrically adv …   English World dictionary

  • lyrical — 1580s, from LYRIC (Cf. lyric) (n.) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Lyrically …   Etymology dictionary

  • lyrical — [adj] musical agreeable, blending, chiming, choral, dulcet, emotional, euphonious, expressive, harmonious, lilting, melodic, melodious, operatic, orchestral, passionate, pleasing, poetic, rhapsodic, rhythmic, songful, songlike, soulful, sweet… …   New thesaurus

  • lyrical — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel ▪ become, wax ▪ He waxed lyrical about the variety of fish in the river. ADVERB ▪ intensely …   Collocations dictionary

  • lyrical — [[t]lɪ̱rɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is lyrical is poetic and romantic. to wax lyrical → see wax His paintings became more lyrical. ...its remarkable free flowing and often lyrical style. Derived words: lyrically ADV GRADED ADV adj/ ed,… …   English dictionary

  • lyrical — lyr|i|cal [ˈlırıkəl] adj 1.) beautifully expressed in words, poetry, or music ▪ lyrical love poetry 2.) wax lyrical to talk about and praise something in a very eager way ▪ One fisherman waxed lyrical about the variety of fish in the river.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lyrical — adjective 1 beautifully expressed in words, poetry, or music: Lawrence s lyrical descriptions of the natural world 2 wax lyrical to talk about and praise something in a very eager way: Simon waxed lyrical on the joys of hill walking. lyrically /… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Lyrical — Lyric Lyr ic, Lyrical Lyr ic*al, a. [L. lyricus, Gr. ?: cf. F. lyrique. See {Lyre}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a lyre or harp. [1913 Webster] 2. Fitted to be sung to the lyre; hence, also, appropriate for song; suitable for or suggestive of singing; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English