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n. pl. mon·o·dies
1. An ode for one voice or actor, as in Greek drama.
2. A poem in which the poet or speaker mourns another's death.
3. Music
a. A style of composition dominated by a single melodic line.
b. A style of composition having a single melodic line; monophony.
c. A composition in either of these styles.

[Late Latin monōdia, from Greek monōidiā : mono-, mono- + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

mo·nod′ic (mə-nŏd′ĭk), mo·nod′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
mo·nod′i·cal·ly adv.
mon′o·dist (mŏn′ə-dĭst) n.


n, pl -dies
1. (Theatre) (in Greek tragedy) an ode sung by a single actor
2. (Poetry) any poem of lament for someone's death
3. (Music, other) music a style of composition consisting of a single vocal part, usually with accompaniment
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek monōidia, from mono- + aeidein to sing]
monodic, moˈnodical adj
moˈnodically adv
ˈmonodist n


(ˈmɒn ə di)

n., pl. -dies.
1. a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament.
2. a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another's death.
a. a musical style in which one melody predominates; homophony.
[1580–90; < Late Latin monōdia < Greek monōidía a solo, monody =monōid(ós) singing alone (see mon-, ode) + -ia -y3]
mo•nod•ic (məˈnɒd ɪk) adj.
mon′o•dist, n.
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What a world of solemn thought their monody compels
The lips of Chingachgook had so far parted, as to announce that it was the monody of the father.
In a statement issued here on Monody he expressed his deepest sorrows and condolences over the martyrdom of important diplomatic figure Abdul Waheed Pohan in attack.
The iso(n), as a sustained tone component to the chant/song, has evolved and become integrated into both Byzantine monody and the Southwest Balkan oral traditions of multipart pentatonic singing.
Milne Edwards, 1834) Paractaea monody (Guinot, 1969) Xantho incisus (H.
A short Melville poem, Monody, often interpreted as an elegy to Hawthorne, also appears.
Whereas the speaker of the epic acted as the deputy of a public voice, a singer of tales narrating the larger tale of the tribe, the speaker of the monody was a solitary speaking or singing on his or her own behalf.
It has been the desire of many to hold all of the threads of history in their hands, to turn that polyphonic song into a monody whose evolution and ending are known.
Of decided poetic worth is his monody on Lincoln's death, beginning "When Lilacs" (&c).
5) Quotations of Musaeus are cited by page number from William Mason, Musaeus: A Monody to the Memory of Mr.
Palisca CV (1960) Vincenzo Galilei and Some Links between "Pseudo-Monody" and Monody.
DANEK, Petr: Historicke tisky vokalni polyfonie, rane monodie, hudebni teorie a instrumentalni hudby v ceskych zemich do roku 1630 (se soupisem tisku z let 1488-1628 ulozenych v Cechach) [Historical Prints of Vocal Polyphony, Early Monody, Music Theory and Instrumental Music in the Czech lands before 1630 (Supplemented with a list of prints published between 1488 and 1628, now in Czech collections)].