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n. pl. thren·o·dies
A poem or song of mourning or lamentation.

[Greek thrēnōidiā : thrēnos, lament + aoidē, ōidē, song; see ode.]

thre·no′di·al (thrə-nō′dē-əl), thre·nod′ic (-nŏd′ĭk) adj.
thren′o·dist n.


(ˈθrɛnədɪ; ˈθriː-) or


n, pl threnodies or threnodes
(Poetry) an ode, song, or speech of lamentation, esp for the dead
[C17: from Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos dirge + ōidē song]
threnodial, threnodic adj
threnodist n


(ˈθrɛn ə di)

n., pl. -dies.
a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, esp. for the dead; dirge.
[1615–25; < Greek thrēnōidía=thrên(os) dirge + -ōid(ḗ) song (see ode) + -ia -y3]

threnody, threnode a

song, musical composition, or literary work created to honor or commemorate the dead; a funeral song. — threnodist, n. — threnodic, adj.
See also: Music


A funeral song or dirge.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.threnody - a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
keen - a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
canto fúnebretreno


[ˈθrenədɪ] Nlamento m; (for the dead) → canto m fúnebre


n (Liter) → Threnodie f
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Compared with Gardner's subtle reading, memories of Boult seemed too literal, Barbirolli too head-pattingly indulgent; here Gardner set flexible tempi, discreetly encouraged significant instrumental lines (the horns were understatedly magnificent, the double-basses noble), and to the slow movement's threnody brought mystery as well as inner grief.
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The concert opens with Penderecki's iconic Threnody (to the victims of Hiroshima) from 1960 and is conducted from memory by Krzysztof Urbariski.
The latter systems distinguishes between (shi, poem), (fu, poetic exposition), (bei, Nestorian stele inscription), (lei, threnody [mourning poem]), (ming, inscription), (zhen, admonition), (song, ode), (lun, essay), (zhou, memorial to the throne), and (shui, persuasion).
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Each of the relationships built upon natural procreation by man and woman is an aspect of a Love that transcends them all, and so is described by David in his threnody as brotherhood, espousal, and parenthood.