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Dies Irae

[dee-eys eer-ey]
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noun
  1. a Latin hymn on the Day of Judgment, commonly sung in a Requiem Mass.
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Dies Irae

noun
  1. Christianity a famous Latin hymn of the 13th century, describing the Last Judgment. It is used in the Mass for the dead
  2. a musical setting of this hymn, usually part of a setting of the Requiem
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Word Origin

literally: day of wrath
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Word Origin and History for dies irae

Dies Irae

literally "day of wrath," first words of Latin hymn of Last Judgment, attributed to Thomas of Celano (c.1250). See diurnal + ire.

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