death knell

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n death knell a bell rung to announce a death
    • n death knell an omen of death or destruction
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • death knell A sign or harbinger of the end, death, or passing away of anything.
    • death knell A stroke or tolling of a bell, announcing a death; a knell{1}.
    • ***

Usage

In literature:

The simultaneous clang of those two weights sounded the death-knell of the old system of philosophy, and heralded the birth of the new.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Savage voices sound his death-knell.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
She dared not speak; it would sound her own death-knell.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
And, mixed with shrieks of woe, the knells of death resound.
"The Minstrel; or the Progress of Genius" by James Beattie
The chanting rises ever and anon above the death-knell that sweeps through the air.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
At first it seems to Romeo Augustus like Mephibosheth's death-knell.
"Harper's Young People, March 23, 1880" by Various
It would be the death-knell of speculation.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
It sounded their death-knell.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
How could'st thou utter That which, to me, must be the knell of death?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
It was now the death-knell of both.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume III" by Various
The voice of Julia breaks upon his ear like a death-knell.
"Portia" by Duchess
We feel satisfied that it will sound the death knell of all the existing schools of music.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
Its recurrence was regular, but as slow as the tolling of a death-knell.
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
In Gertrude's ears it sounded like a death-knell.
"Gertrude's Marriage" by W. Heimburg
Not only hers, but many another's; for a drumbeat echoed through the land, and the sound was as a death-knell.
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
It practically sounded the death-knell of the conservative doctrine of non-expansion beyond our own natural physical boundaries.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
It was our death-knell.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
The talk of a treaty was the death-knell of the hopes on which she had been feeding.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
It fell like a death-knell upon the ear of Montezuma.
"Sketches of Aboriginal Life" by V. V. Vide
When Dr. Jones arrived, however, and examined his patients he sounded the death-knell of their hopes.
"The School by the Sea" by Angela Brazil
***

In poetry:

The sweetest strain, the wildest wind,
The murmur of a stream,
To the sad and weary mind
Like doleful death knells seem.
"Verses" by Anne Bronte
Oh, hapless victim, offered at the shrine
Of false ambition! more than death was thine,
When blank despair rung hope's expiring knell
Upon thine ear, till reason reeled and fell!
"The Fate of Maximilian of Mexico And His Empress" by Janet Hamilton
Throughout man's life do themes of all kinds
Come and go. Now the ultimate of themes has come,
Frightening in our fantasy - the paling of the face,
An ominous shadow, and the death knell tolls.
"The Themes" by Migjeni
When Youth is frank and free,
And calls for musick, while his veins do swell,
All day exchanging mirth and breath
In companie;
That musick summons to the knell
Which shall befriend him at the house of Death.
"Mortification" by George Herbert
When first your hand-clasp loosed its hold,
And dark mistrust, grown over-bold,
Crept in, your faith to blur and mar,
Did not your spirit feel the jar
Preluding friendship's death-knell knolled,
O friend estranged?
"O Friend Estranged" by Oscar Fay Adams
'Tis a low chant, according well
With the soft solitary knell,
As homeward from some grave beloved we turn,
Or by some holy death-bed dear,
Most welcome to the chastened ear
Of her whom Heaven is teaching how to mourn.
"Twenty-First Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

Is Intel Ringing the Desktop's Death Knell.
Offensive troubles death knell for 'Makers.
Wiz Khalifa's 'Cabin Fever 2': Could This Be the Death Knell for the Lex Luger Sound.
Death Knell of the Confederacy.
Is Intel Ringing the Desktop's Death Knell .
GOP budget 'death knell ' for conservation.
Santorum says health care law 'death knell for freedom'.
Exciting day ends with death- knell of Adam Poe.
Shipping portal isn't death knell for forwarders.
Opera musician lockout may be 'death knell '.
Death Knell Rings for Alaska Coastal Management Program.
What Wired's 1997 Web Death Knell Got Right.
Newsprint on Film, a Retrospective (Death Knell ).
Death Knell for Catholic Radio.
Newsprint on Film, a Retrospective (Death Knell).
***