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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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