from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medieval Latin hymn describing Judgment Day, used in some masses for the dead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Day of wrath; -- the name and beginning of a famous mediæval Latin hymn on the Last Judgment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Day of Wrath: the opening words, and hence the name, of a celebrated Latin hymn of the middle ages.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')


Medieval Latin Diēs īrae, day of wrath (the first words of the hymn) : Latin diēs, day + Latin īrae, genitive of īra, wrath.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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