[ ep-uh-see-dee-uhm, -si-dahy-uhm ]

noun,plural ep·i·ce·di·a [ep-uh-see-dee-uh, -si-dahy-uh]. /ˌɛp əˈsi di ə, -sɪˈdaɪ ə/.
  1. a funeral song; dirge.

Origin of epicedium

1580–90; <New Latin <Greek epikḗdeion, noun use of neuter of epikḗdeios of a funeral, equivalent to epi-epi- + kēde- (stem of kêdos care, sorrow) + -ios adj. suffix

Other words from epicedium

  • ep·i·ce·di·al, ep·i·ce·di·an, adjective

Words Nearby epicedium

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How to use epicedium in a sentence

  • Honourable Members start to their feet; stray bullets singing epicedium even here, shivering in with window-glass and jingle.

    The French Revolution | Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for epicedium


/ (ˌɛpɪˈsiːdɪəm) /

nounplural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. rare a funeral ode

Origin of epicedium

C16: Latin, from Greek epikēdeion, from epi- + kédos care

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