funeral pyre


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.funeral pyre - wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral ritefuneral pyre - wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
cumulation, heap, pile, agglomerate, cumulus, mound - a collection of objects laid on top of each other
References in classic literature ?
This could only be determined at the moment and the place themselves; but it was certain that the abduction must be made that night, and not when, at break of day, the victim was led to her funeral pyre. Then no human intervention could save her.
The sight was awe-inspiring in the extreme as one contemplated this mighty floating funeral pyre, drifting unguided and unmanned through the lonely wastes of the Martian heavens; a derelict of death and destruction, typifying the life story of these strange and ferocious creatures into whose unfriendly hands fate had carried it.
If you dare send an arrow at Menelaus you will win honour and thanks from all the Trojans, and especially from prince Alexandrus--he would be the first to requite you very handsomely if he could see Menelaus mount his funeral pyre, slain by an arrow from your hand.
They cry aloud for the Princess of Helium and swear to leave Manator a blazing funeral pyre consuming the bodies of all our people.
The funeral pyre of Brighton is still blazing, and there is a very distant patch of scarlet in the western sky, which may mean trouble at Arundel or Chichester, possibly even at Portsmouth.
The maneuver did not succeed as well as she expected, however, for though just in the act of setting fire to a funeral pyre, the Professor dropped his torch, metaphorically speaking, and made a dive after the little blue ball.
I trust that the labour and hazard of an investigation - of which the smallest results have been slowly pieced together, in the pressure of arduous avocations, under grinding penurious apprehensions, at rise of morn, at dewy eve, in the shadows of night, under the watchful eye of one whom it were superfluous to call Demon - combined with the struggle of parental Poverty to turn it, when completed, to the right account, may be as the sprinkling of a few drops of sweet water on my funeral pyre. I ask no more.
Villagers confronted with a foot and mouth funeral pyre yards from their homes told of their health fears after it was confirmed the burning had released cancer-causing materials into the atmosphere.
"These meetings concluded with commitments that a motion will be raised in the parliament, firstly to recognise the significance of the Court of Appeal's funeral pyre verdict, and secondly to seek assurances from the new British coalition Government that it would honour the verdict and commit to its implementation without unnecessary delay."
A NORTH East Hindu fighting for the right to be cremated on a traditional funeral pyre took his case to the Court of Appeal yesterday.
London, Mar.21 (ANI): A 70-year-old Hindu residing in Britain has said that he is determined to fight a case to allow him a natural cremation on a funeral pyre as per Hindu tradition, even as government lawyers will tell a High Court judge next week that allowing the elderly man's last wish would be abhorrent to the majority of the British population.
FOUR brothers in India are accused of throwing their 95-year-old mother onto their father's funeral pyre.