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dirge

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noun \ˈdərj\

Simple Definition of dirge

  • : a slow song that expresses sadness or sorrow

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dirge

  1. 1 :  a song or hymn of grief or lamentation; especially :  one intended to accompany funeral or memorial rites

  2. 2 :  a slow, solemn, and mournful piece of music

  3. 3 :  something (as a poem) that has the qualities of a dirge

dirgelike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of dirge in a sentence

  1. <bagpipes played a haunting dirge at the funeral for the fallen leader>



Origin of dirge

Middle English dirige, the Office of the Dead, from the first word of a Late Latin antiphon, from Latin, imperative of dirigere to direct — more at dress


First Known Use: 13th century



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