Origin of dirge
Examples from the Web for dirge
The 19th century, though, was a 100-year dirge from one horrid epidemic to another.When TB Was a Death Sentence: An Excerpt From ‘The Remedy’|Thomas Goetz|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The design team sent out a dirge of mostly camel-colored leggings, leather shorts, tunics, and jackets.
It was the dirge of the British Empire in America, “The World Turned Upside Down.”
But the watcher made no movement, nor could I hear a sound, save that of the rising wind playing its dirge through the woods.In Hostile Red|Joseph Altsheler
Slow, brief, deep as a bell tolling a dirge, a reply rolled back.The Pathless Trail|Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
The monotony of the dirge is a sure indication of the depth of the trouble that occasions it.Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon|Walter Adeney
If buried out of his parish, the corpse must first be presented in his own church with dirge and mass.Parish Priests and Their People in the Middle Ages in England|Edward L. Cutts
It certainly looked as if a true prophet was writing that dirge!The Story of the Cambrian|C. P. Gasquoine
Word Origin for dirge
early 13c., dirige (current contracted form is from c.1400), from Latin dirige "direct!" imperative of dirigere "to direct," probably from antiphon Dirige, Domine, Deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam, "Direct, O Lord, my God, my way in thy sight," from Psalm v:9, which opened the Matins service in the Office of the Dead. Transferred sense of "any funeral song" is from c.1500.