Examples of dirge in a Sentence
bagpipes played a haunting dirge at the funeral for the fallen leader
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Most importantly, the men's song parallels the funeral dirge that a Serbian marching band performs at the beginning of Good Luck, introducing the theme of despair that runs through the first half of the film.
Built to Spill plays cartwheeling, daydreaming tunes that float above it all, while Afghan Whigs specializes in darker dirges from down below.
In lesser hands, this would have been a death metal dirge.
Telling instrumental details emerged without spotlighting, especially in the sublimated tragedy of the slow movement, here a real funeral march as opposed to a dirge.
Cloud cover kept the temperature mild as pallbearers carried Robinson's casket to the waiting hearse and the Kinfolk Brass Band played a dirge.
The Vaqueros, whose attitude toward social media and promotion exhibited all the joy of a funeral dirge, hired Crescenta Valley Insurance president Rick Dinger as director of football operations.
The officer in the front seat synced his mobile phone to the police radio and sang along, karaoke style, to a popular rock dirge by Da Zhuang, with lyrics rolling up his screen.
The music spans distorted dirges, electronic ephemera and folksy tranquility, with her siren soprano vocals contrasting with the grittiness of the music, creating a striking contrast that has helped define her sound for many years.
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The meaning of English dirge is not directly related to the meaning of the Latin word it comes from. Dirge and its earlier form dirige, meaning “a song or hymn of mourning,” come from the first word of a Latin chant used in the church service for the dead: “Dirige, Domine deus meus, in conspectutuo viam meam” (Direct, O Lord my God, my way in thy sight). Because hymns and chants were often referred to by their first words, dirge became the common word for this chant. Later it was used for ant slow, solemn piece of music.
DIRGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dirge for English Language Learners
: a slow song that expresses sadness or sorrow
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