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  • n. a dirge or lamentation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lamentation; threnody; a dirge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A threnody; also, lamentation.


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Greek θρηνος ‘funeral lament’.


  • Yet Una and Ita spill famine with drought and Agrippa, the propastored, spells tripulations in his threne.

    Finnegans Wake


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  • In the villages men knew better. There they remembered the threnes that had been composed when news came that the city had fallen, punished by God for its luxury, its pride and its apostasy, but fighting a heroic battle to the end. They remembered that dreadful Tuesday, a day that all true Greeks still know to be of ill omen; but their spirits tingled and their courage rose as they told of the last Christian Emperor standing in the breach, abandoned by his Western allies, holding the infidel at bay till their numbers overpowered him and he died, with the Empire as his winding-sheet.

    --Runciman, The Fall of Constantinople

    July 5, 2008

  • "A truce to threnes and trentals and jeremies and all such congenital defunctive music. "

    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007