threnody

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n threnody 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 Threnody A song of lamentation; a threnode.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n threnody A song of lamentation; a dirge; especially, a poem composed for the occasion of the funeral of some personage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Threnody thren′ō-di an ode or song of lamentation
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; a dirge + a song. See Threne, and Ode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. thrēnōdiathrēnos, a lament, ōdē, a song.

Usage

In literature:

I never hated any piece of music as I came to hate that threnody of treason.
"Andersonville, complete" by John McElroy
Words from Swinburne's threnody on Baudelaire came to her mind.
"The Judgment House" by Gilbert Parker
I never hated any piece of music as I came to hate that threnody of treason.
"Andersonville, Volume 3" by John McElroy
The wind wails its threnody for Fumat.
"The New Book Of Martyrs" by Georges Duhamel
The subject of the threnody is a nymph of the name of Dido, whose identity can only be vaguely conjectured.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
Life in these catacombs was one long threnody of anguish.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
No ode or threnody could equal in vibrating passion Captain Scott's last testament.
"Some Diversions of a Man of Letters" by Edmund William Gosse
Is there any threnody over a death half so unutterably sad as that one jest over a life?
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
It is the threnody of the oratorio.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
From below a new sound had been added to the threnody of the hills; a new note, grumbling and roaring, insistent and strong.
"The Plunderer" by Roy Norton
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In poetry:

I stood one summer, friend, beside
The foam waves of a distant sea
That muttered all the summer through
A low sweet threnody.
"At Key's Grave" by Folger McKinsey
But still the glorious psalm goes forth,
And fills the earth and sky,
Like some wild threnody for men
To sing before they die.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Everything Quieter Than Everything Else Like a lot of so-called "new music" records in the marketplace these days, the packaging of the Threnody Ensemble's first album, Timbre Hollow, is a subdued and tasteful affair.
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