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threnody

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noun thren·o·dy \ˈthre-nə-dē\

Simple Definition of threnody

  • : a song or poem that expresses sorrow for someone who is dead

Full Definition of threnody

plural thren·o·dies

  1. :  a song of lamentation for the dead :  elegy

Examples of threnody

  1. <the composer's cello concerto was composed as a moving threnody for his late wife>



Origin of threnody

Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos dirge + aeidein to sing — more at drone, ode


First Known Use: 1634


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