I ran into a gap in my diction recently. Does an adverb for genre exist? I'm trying to say the following but with adverb form:

The two songs differed by genre.

However, this doesn't seem quite right:

The two songs were genrely different.

I'm assuming such a word doesn't exist and this is just another downfall of the limited specificity of the English language.

I should add that I want to strictly talk about music when using this unknown word, so anything that doesn't have the root genre would defeat the purpose.

  • Genre is a borrowed word, so it may well be "incomplete". I suspect that the technically-correct word is typically (of a type) but that really is a technical use which would not be typical.
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 7, 2015 at 8:55
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    How about stylistically? Style and genre are slightly different, but it might work. Oct 7, 2015 at 9:18
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    Genre-wise the two songs were different. Oct 7, 2015 at 9:27
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    – JHCL
    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:46
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    There is no lexical “gap”: that’s why we have phrases for things. Prepositions are there for a purpose.
    – tchrist
    Oct 7, 2015 at 11:00

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How about generically?

generic: relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class (The American Heritage Dictionary)

You can see that, although these songs are generically very different..., they all share one thing in common...

  • I cannot speak for MuCrit, but this is certainly the term used in LitCrit: genregenericgenerically. Oct 7, 2015 at 11:37

If you say musical style it would be clear to most people that you are referring to the "genre", even if it's not 100% the same thing.

"The two songs differed by musical style"

Similarly, you could say musical classification or category and that may even be more clear although it's a bit longer.

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