Dies Irae

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: a medieval Latin hymn on the Day of Judgment sung in requiem masses

dies irae

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Latin noun phrase

di·​es irae ˌdē-ˌās-ˈē-ˌrī How to pronounce dies irae (audio)
: day of wrath : Judgment Day

Examples of Dies Irae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
At the end, the Disney organ, with its wood pipes, plays, as the forest burns, an angry Dies Irae. Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Still, the books wouldn’t have to face that Dies Irae for a while yet. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2020

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Word History



Medieval Latin, day of wrath; from the first words of the hymn

First Known Use


1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dies Irae was in 1860

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“Dies Irae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dies%20Irae. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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