Examples of dirge in a Sentence
bagpipes played a haunting dirge at the funeral for the fallen leader
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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.
So goes a 19th-century German dirge describing a family's last resting place.
Surely Queen Bey is to thank on some level for the Now deluxe edition’s two piano dirges being shaved off the 41-minute album proper.
But several individual performances stood out, especially in the third movement dirge/klezmer hybrid.
Everyone and everything in the upper Midwest suffers from the multimonth dirge that is winter.
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.
A discussion that had begun with all the enthusiasm of a dirge was quickly moving in a more optimistic direction.
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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.
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