death knell

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death knell

or

death bell

n
1. something that heralds death or destruction
2. (Music, other) a bell rung to announce a death
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.death knell - an omen of death or destruction
omen, portent, prognostic, prognostication, presage, prodigy - a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"
2.death knell - a bell rung to announce a death
bell - a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
Translations
rintocco funebre
References in classic literature ?
Its recurrence was regular, but as slow as the tolling of a death knell.
When the spectral procession approached the altar, each couple separated, and slowly diverged, till, in the centre, appeared a form, that had been worthily ushered in with all this gloomy pomp, the death knell, and the funeral.
The production is artfully raw and carefully crafted, framing Smith's sweetly resigned, fragile vocals and chords strummed like death knells - elements displayed to the world after his 1998 Academy Award nomination for ``Miss Misery,'' a song used in ``Good Will Hunting.