Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An elegy; an ode to someone deceased.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A funeral song or discourse; an elegy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A funeral song or discourse; an epicedium.

Etymologies

From Latin epicēdīum, from Ancient Greek ἐπικήδειον (epikēdeion), neuter singular form of ἐπικήδειος (epikēdeios), from ἐπί (epi, "upon") + κῆδος (kēdos, "care"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _The Terrace at Berne_ has been already dealt with, but that mood for epicede, which was so frequent in Mr Arnold, finds in the _Carnac_ stanzas adequate, and in _A Southern Night_ consummate, expression.

    Matthew Arnold

  • Elegy or litany, epicede or epithalamium, his work is always a song-writer's; nothing more, but nothing less, than the work of the greatest song-writer -- as surely as

    The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2

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