Definitions

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  • adjective music Resembling a dirge: slow and depressing

Etymologies

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dirge +‎ -like

Examples

  • Cash treats the song (which I'm only vaguely familiar with in its NINcarnation as a moaning anti-drug plaint about waste) as a kind of dirgelike meditation on the last, dying embers of life; the video shows archival footage of the Man In Black contrasted with the Dying King of today, surrounded by the wrack of the flood-ravaged (although the video brilliantly implies tragic, Ozymandian neglect) Cash Museum in Nashville.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • Which, unfortunately, never occurs in this puzzlingly lifeless play, presented with respectful, dirgelike portent by director Alexander Strain.

    Theater review: Forum Theatre's dismal 'One Flea Spare'

  • Nine musicians, clad in head-to-toe black, slowly walked onstage playing a dirgelike Just a Closer Walk With Thee.

    Jackson honored at Essence Music Festival

  • (Did shake my head at "Falling Slowly" though - how did a droning, dirgelike song with almost melody win again?)

    Swell Season on Boing Boing Video Boing Boing

  • In the competition for most doleful, Larson himself mentions the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony, Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 and several funeral marches and dirgelike hymns such as "Nearer My God to Thee."

    Thomas Larson's 'The Saddest Music Ever Written,' reviewed by Michael Dirda

  • In the competition for most doleful, Larson himself mentions the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony, Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 and several funeral marches and dirgelike hymns such as "Nearer My God to Thee."

    Thomas Larson's 'The Saddest Music Ever Written,' reviewed by Michael Dirda

  • He yanked out a knob and the music, a dirgelike stew of whistles, honks, and clanks, slowed down even more and went flat.

    Stalling

  • In university bookstores, they sell vote or die T shirts; in TV ads with dirgelike music, Bush and Kerry depict each other as avatars of peril.

    THE NEXT FLORIDA

  • The young men cranked a dirgelike song on their stereo praising Moqtada al-Sadr and shouted at residents to get off the streets.

    Iraq's New Guns for Hire

  • At his best with hyperearnest Creed-style rock numbers, he couldn't deliver a song that required the least bit of funk or humor, as he proved on Tuesday's Elvis night with a couple of plodding numbers including a dirgelike rendition of A Little Less Conversation.

    American Idol Fails to Tinker with Taylor - Tuned In - TIME.com

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