Examples of dirge in a Sentence
bagpipes played a haunting dirge at the funeral for the fallen leader
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Without pushing his voice or otherwise overstating his case, Wilson brought magisterial presence to the dirge, his rumbling low notes setting the stage for imploring high ones, Nosek’s harmonica tremolos wailing insistently as counterpoint.
The list goes on and on like an unending funeral dirge.
Not only did supporters of the all-but-vanished pro-Brexit UKIP Party spilt their votes between Conservatives and Labour, but the once-robust Scottish nationalist movement died like the dirge of a bagpipe.
Rather, this composition was a somber dirge, with each beat of the drums a profound proclamation of sorrow.
A discussion that had begun with all the enthusiasm of a dirge was quickly moving in a more optimistic direction.
And then, in what seems to be one breath, the song shifts seamlessly to a slow, dirge-like crawl, and we are transported to a convention where Kendrick details the dangers of gun violence to a group of children.
Every now and then, though, a glistening sweep of harp would cut through the dirge, sounding the possibility of glory in the wreckage.
House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat.
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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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