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  • n. Plural form of threnody.


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  • The longest undertaking is a medley of Sweeney Todd threnodies -- "Not While I'm Around," "Joanna," "My Friends" -- that testifies to Buckley's appreciation for Stephen Sondheim.

    David Finkle: First Nighter: Betty Buckley Goes for Men in a Big-Hearted Feinstein's at Loews Regency Way

  • These were all admirable, carefully made recordings, but the peak moment of the three men's collaboration was the very fine Someday You'll Have These Blues (1977), which exhibited Phillip Walker's skill with material as diverse as the soul standards Part Time Love and Breakin 'Up Somebody's Home and down-in-the-alley threnodies such as Beaumont Blues and El Paso Blues.

    Phillip Walker obituary

  • I allude especially to the monorhyme, Rim continuat or tirade monorime, whose monotonous simplicity was preferred by the Troubadours for threnodies.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He's Mr Tambourine Man but McCain is the full orchestral suite, from Sousa marches to threnodies.

    Bill Kristol on the Saddleback Forum.

  • They are the spirits, the low spirits and melancholy forebodings, of fallen souls that once in human shape night-walked the earth and did the deeds of darkness, now expiating their sins with their wailing hymns or threnodies in the scenery of their transgressions.


  • My mother watches the screen with the rapt attention of a child, captivated by the shadowy images and more often than not awash with tears at the first hint of sentiment as the sad threnodies of violins and cellos pour into the room like warm syrup.

    Broken Music, A Memoir

  • Ultimately, life is for him a pageant with intervals for sentimental threnodies and rhetorical declamation.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • 'The Conquered Banner' and the mournful threnodies of Father Ryan were yielding place to songs of hope.

    The Life and Speeches of Charles Brantley Aycock

  • I wish I had space to print both these threnodies in full, but they are somewhat long, and I must beg my reader to find them in the printed works of Du Bellay.

    Avril Being Essays on the Poetry of the French Renaissance

  • They were like the negroes, who from their first transplantation from Africa to America had put their plaints and mystification in strange and affecting threnodies and runes.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.


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