Threne

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Threne Lamentation; threnody; a dirge. "The threns . . . of the prophet Jeremiah."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n threne A threnody; also, lamentation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Threne a lament, lamentation
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. threnus, Gr. . Cf. Drone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. thrēnōdiathrēnos, a lament, ōdē, a song.

Usage

In literature:

A truce to threnes and trentals and jeremies and all such congenital defunctive music!
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
But the second solemn threne was more terrible than the first crashing peal, for it called up an awful memory and a dark suspicion.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, v. 3, number 18" by Various
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In poetry:

Whereupon it made this threne
To the Phoenix and the Dove,
Co-supremes and stars of love,
As chorus to their tragic scene:
"The Phoenix And The Turtle" by William Shakespeare
They knew not Rome, before its sign,
Bending her brow bound with the nations' threne,
Would sweep all lands from Nile to Rhine
In servitude unto the Nazarene.
"The Empty Cross" by Cale Young Rice
Wailing, wailing a winter threne
In the clouds on high and low in the grass;
So for my soul will he raise the keen
When I from the winds and the winters pass.
"The Rain It Raineth" by Thomas MacDonagh