dirge

Definitions

  • Last of all she sang in a low voice a dirge over the Rover of the Plain
    Last of all she sang in a low voice a dirge over the Rover of the Plain
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dirge a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dirge A piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; a funeral hymn. "The raven croaked, and hollow shrieks of owls
      Sung dirges at her funeral."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dirge A funeral hymn; the funeral service as sung; hence, a song or tune expressing grief, lamentation, and mourning.
    • n dirge Synonyms Dirge, Requiem, Elegy, lament, threnody, coronach. The first three are primarily and almost uniformly suggested by the death of some person. A dirge or a requiem may be only music or may be a song. An elegy is a poem, which may or may not be sung. A requiem, being originally sung for the repose of the soul of a deceased person, retains a corresponding character when the music does not accompany words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dirge dėrj a funeral song or hymn.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Contraction of Lat. dirige, direct thou (imperative of dirigere,), the first word of a funeral hymn (Lat. transl. of Psalm v. 8) beginning, “Dirige, Domine, in conspectu tuo vitam meam,.” See Direct (a.), and cf. Dirige
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contracted from dirige, the first word of an antiphon sung in the office for the dead—the words from the Vulgate, Psalm v. 8. L. dirigĕre, to direct.

Usage

In literature:

Somewhere in the back part of the house the bagpipes were soughing a dismal kind of dirge.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Again came the roaring sound, desolate, terrible, at once a call to arms and a funeral dirge.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
Moving torches spot the darkness of the road winding down from the Wartburg; voices are heard approaching, chanting a dirge.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
There will be no public ceremony, no funeral dirge, and but few weeping mourners.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
And far into the night they wail'd their dirge.
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
Too surely do I know what will follow that dirge of death.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
O well for me, if mine alone That dirge's deep prophetic tone!
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
The victorious Republicans hardly knew whether to sing triumphant songs or funeral dirges.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
They have a strange preference for the minor key in music, for the dirge.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
Weird as sobs of the midnight the dirge of the wailing tomb!
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
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In poetry:

Where the snowstorms wild
Raised o'er him a tomb,
While the North wind sang
Dirges in the gloom.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Only the long wind dirges,
Only the long wind cries,
Where the giant Knocknatubber
Mounts to the vast gray skies.
"The Little Creek Coonana" by Clinton Scollard
Grind me a dirge or a requiem,
Or a funeral-march sad and slow,
But not, O not, that waltz tune
I heard so long ago.
"The Piano-Organ" by Amy Levy
I've heard it oft as if I dreamed,
Far distant, sweet and lone,
The funeral dirge it ever seemed
Of reason dead and gone.
"But Here's An Object More Of Dread" by Abraham Lincoln
Wild minstrel! seize thy harp, I pray,
And let a dirge arise
In frantic woe--then faintly die
Amid the nightwind's sighs.
"Lament" by James Avis Bartley
Take thou thy shadow from my path,
Nor turn to me and pray;
The wild wild winds thy dirge may sing
Ere I will bid thee stay.
"Love and Hate" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal

In news:

TO DESCRIBE the woes of bricks-and-mortar bookstores is to join the dirge-singing chorus.
That song you hear is the Eagles' funeral dirge .
The Guardians is a dirge for a lost friend in the form of a memoir.
A Dirge for Prester John, Vol 2.
'Surveillance' movie review: A dour dirge from David Lynch's daughter.
Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge .
Melancholy is exactly what director Lars von Trier intends and what this meditative dirge delivers.
Beth and Maggie Green sing a traditional folk dirge.
The Dirge of Eir Glanfath is sound without form, a lone voice crying out in mourning because it must.
A Dirge for Prester John , Vol 2.
A clip from the Nebraskan emo veterans' latest concept dirge, 'I Am Gemini'.
Photography by M. Mike Hadreas's piano-led dirges rarely pass the three-minute mark, but they pack an emotional wallop that lingers long after their final chords are played.
Dirge — durj — a lament for the dead, and Irish "keen" carapace — CARE-ah-PASE — the hard upper part of a turtle's shell (or any crustacean).
The "Dirge for Two Veteran" moves back and forth between military music and shimmering "moon music " for these words.
Military displays and ceremonies abounded, including a POW /MIA missing man table, fallen soldier's cross, bell ringing, salute to the fallen, Scottish dirge, rifle salute and taps.
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