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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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Also appearing on the night are the Shoreline Skiffle band with their quirky nostalgic style of music, the luscious harmonies of the Bangor Community Choir, Coastal Voices is a fun close harmony mixed choir, a cappella songs and hymns with Threnody, and Gwaenysgor Community Choir.
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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).
The symphony's funeral march stalks eerily through the bass line at the close of Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen, his string threnody to the destruction of his beloved Dresden, the tainting of German culture by the Nazis and perhaps his own ill-fated collaboration with them.
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The first half of the program ended with Threnody I and II by Aaron Copland.
His ballata passes from lament--over love's joy disappointed, love's faith betrayed--to threnody, a dirge for his own dying self and for a heart in such affliction that death will be a release.
In the AIDS era, there was Thom Gunn's collection, The Man with Night Sweats (1992), a threnody for the plague victims that can only be read with pauses for reflection; Michael Cunningham's novel, The Hours (1998); and especially Larry Kramer's justifiably angry documentary-style drama, The Normal Heart (1985).
Featuring Stephen Montague's Dark Sun, a threnody to the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the piece will form the climax of the Festival with a public performance in the surroundings of Pritchard Jones Hall.
Images of wartime deprivation, close-knit communities, quiet backwaters, seaside outings and 1960s high-rise flats cumulatively created a threnody to a disappearing working-class Britain.