dance of death

Definitions

  • Dance of Death - The King
    Dance of Death - The King
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dance of death a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dance of Death - The Queen Dance of Death - The Queen
Dance of Death - The Astrologer Dance of Death - The Astrologer
Dance of Death - The Pedlar Dance of Death - The Pedlar

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dance of Death (Art) an allegorical representation of the power of death over all, -- the old, the young, the high, and the low, being led by a dancing skeleton.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dance of death a series of allegorical paintings symbolising the universal power of death, represented as a skeleton
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Quotations

  • Colette Dowling
    Colette Dowling
    “Relationships are like a dance, with visible energy racing back and forth between partners. Some relationships are the slow, dark dance of death.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. danser, from Teut.; Old High Ger. danson, to draw along.

Usage

In literature:

You danced me off my feet one night, and gave me my death of cold putting up a snow man the next day.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
The whole is suspended round the neck, like the old man's psaltery in the Dance of Death.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
His dance had carried him very near to the verge of the dance of death.
"Oowikapun" by Egerton Ryerson Young
The triumvirs were haled to death, with their chief accomplices, amidst shouts of joy and fury, imprecations, laughter and dances.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
The designs of the Passion and Dance of Death of the former, are instanced as works of excellence.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
Dance of death, from Goethe, 167.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
It was a veritable Dance of Death by one who had felt its sting.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
He longed for Qutuz to come into the hall, for the dance of death he had rehearsed a thousand times in his mind, to begin.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He started to dance again, but this time it was the Dance of Death.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
We are all partners in a gigantic Dance of Death such as Holbein never imagined.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
Jephtha's daughter danced to her death before the Ark of the Covenant, praising the Lord God of Israel.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Woodcut (actual size) by Hans Lutzelburger, after a drawing by Holbein for his "Dance of Death," 1538.
"Why Bewick Succeeded" by Jacob Kainen
I'll be drum-major in the Dance of Death; Not merely Seraph, nor Flambeau, the torch.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
In the dancing, flickering half-light of the flames of fire and torches, a hellish scene of devastation and death spun out.
"Hawk Carse" by Anthony Gilmore
Chalk your soles well, Tausdorf; I fetch you to a merry dance of death.
"Specimens of German Romance" by Carl Franz van der Velde
She smiled and danced with the rest, while the thought of death was in her heart.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Mrs. Smith cries every time I speak of the dancing, but I can't live on charity for the rest of my life and I am pestered to death for money.
"Living Up to Billy" by Elizabeth Cooper
Holbein's 'Dance of Death' is not inartistic.
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
But the smiles seemed to have been obliterated from the dancers' features and their pallid faces turned the ball into a dance of death.
"Majesty" by Louis Couperus
For the Overture to the Dance of Death is curiously coloured music and there are red threads of melody interwoven with the sable chords.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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In poetry:

As you dance before my vision
On this deadly foreign morn,
Death is charmed into the soothing
Of the love you chose to scorn.
"In The Artillery" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
And well may he shrink--for round the heath
Fell demons dance to the cold-moon's light,
And oft does the pale, pale form of Death
Ride by on the dusky cloud of Night.
"The Murderer" by Laura Sophia Temple
Each flower, like a censer, sheds its sweet,
The violins are like sad souls that cry,
O languorous waltz ! O swoon of dancing feet!
A shrine of Death and Beauty is the sky.
"Harmonic Du Soir" by Lord Alfred Douglas
While thus I linger on the verge of death,
Nor turn reluctant from the realms of Peace,
I see the young, the gay, resign their breath,
The song, the dance, the festive revel, cease;
"Sonnet. On the Spring of a Seventh Year of Uninterrupted Sickness" by Maria Logan
A puppet-sight
Of nerve-pull'd dolls that o'er the world dance by,
Or Good in that unequal fight
With Ill . . . who from such theatre would not fly?
--But those dear faces round the bed disarm
Death of his natural charm!
"A Home In The Palace" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Don’t you see the breakers rising?
Don’t you hear the death knell sounding
in the last hard fight for light?
This dance of death on dark’ning waves,
this bloody struggle to be saved,
is this world judgment’s final hour?
"Man" by Eberhard Arnold

In news:

Canadian bassist Michael Bates uses "Dance of Death," an oddly dissonant piece by Dmitri Shostakovich, as a springboard into eight exploratory originals that allude to various melodies by the 20th-century Russian composer.
The art of dance lost a great teacher over the weekend with the death of Denise Jefferson, the Chicago-born director of the Ailey School in New York City.
Can the work of Merce Cunningham survive his death and the closing of his dance company.
After last year's death of its renowned choreographer, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company embarks on a final tour before disbanding and letting other companies carry on its legacy.
Actor Chester Patterson, left, waits as writer-producer Ed Fletcher helps actress Jessica Benz down during a photo shoot for the short film "Dance Step of Death".
And Phoenix has been that town for the family of Carol Gotbaum, the 45-year-old mother of three who recently pulled a Harry Houdini -like death dance in a police holding cell at Sky Harbor Airport after being popped for disorderly conduct.
New York dance-rock group carries on after 2009 death of drummer Jerry Fuchs.
Despite suffering a major loss this year — the death of her idol and mentor Whitney Houston — Brandy 's voice, dance moves and attitude are as crisp and fierce as ever.
The death of a father-of-three who collapsed while dancing to Gangnam Style has prompted a warning to middle-aged men not to attempt the vigorous dance from the hit video.
Man convicted in death of woman who danced on The Block.
Ours , the quintet lead by New Jersey's Jimmy Gnecco, plays Studio A on Tuesday as a prelude to the release of the band's third album, Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy.
Mirren, Strathairn, and McKellen in Dance of Death: wedded non-bliss.
Dance of Death By August Strindberg Broadhurst Theatre 235 West 44th Street 212-239-6200.
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In science:

The most promising source for detection and study of the gravitational-wave signal is the “inspiralling compact binary” – a binary system of neutron stars or black holes (or one of each) in the final minutes of a death dance leading to a violent merger.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
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