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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.
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(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
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(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]
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threnody, threnode a

song, musical composition, or literary work created to honor or commemorate the dead; a funeral song. — threnodist, n. — threnodic, adj.
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A funeral song or dirge.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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"
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canto fúnebretreno


[ˈθrenədɪ] Nlamento m; (for the dead) → canto m fúnebre
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n (Liter) → Threnodie f
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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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