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. He awaited each new stroke with impatience and -- he knew not why -- apprehension.
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.
We could be witnessing the death knells of this once great and diginified club.