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noun, plural mon·o·dies.
  1. a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament.
  2. a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another's death; threnody.
  3. Music.
    1. a style of composition in which one part or melody predominates; homophony, as distinguished from polyphony.
    2. a piece in this style.
    3. monophony(def 1).
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Origin of monody

1580–90; < Late Latin monōdia < Greek monōidía a solo, monody, equivalent to monōid(ós) singing alone (see mon-, ode) + -ia -y3
Related formsmon·o·dist [mon-uh-dist] /ˈmɒn ə dɪst/, noun
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Related Words for monody

hymn, elegy, ceremony, ritual, chant, eulogy, dirge, liturgy, threnody, psalm, worship, sermon, monody, canticle, cry, march, requiem, lament, jeremiad, keen

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British Dictionary definitions for monody


noun plural -dies
  1. (in Greek tragedy) an ode sung by a single actor
  2. any poem of lament for someone's death
  3. music a style of composition consisting of a single vocal part, usually with accompaniment
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Derived Formsmonodic (mɒˈnɒdɪk) or monodical, adjectivemonodically, adverbmonodist, noun

Word Origin for monody

C17: via Late Latin from Greek monōidia, from mono- + aeidein to sing
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