- Roman Catholic Church.
- Also called Requiem Mass.the Mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead.
- a celebration of this Mass.
- a plainsong setting for this Mass.
- any musical service, hymn, or dirge for the repose of the dead.
Origin of Requiem
Related Words for requiemceremony, ritual, chant, eulogy, dirge, liturgy, threnody, psalm, elegy, worship, sermon, monody, canticle
Examples from the Web for requiem
Contemporary Examples of requiem
“Requiem for the Croppies” Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon.Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: Accessible, Yes, and Beautiful
August 30, 2013
Buzz Bissinger writes a four-page sentence that ruins a requiem for welterweight Barney Ross.Redeeming 'Jewish Jocks'
October 31, 2012
Requiem for a Dream (2000) Simply in terms of visually gripping it would be a tie between Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream.Oliver Stone: Seven Drug Movies
July 17, 2012
The publication of Requiem was not just sad, it was heavily ironic.Writing Off Updike
February 1, 2009
Historical Examples of requiem
"I do not feel that we have come here to sing a requiem for art this afternoon," he said.Six Centuries of Painting
In his gloomy spirits he even said to his wife that he was writing his own requiem.The Standard Oratorios
George P. Upton
A requiem completed the devotions of the unfortunate Kenmure.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
Love had been the cradle-song of his infancy, love was the requiem of his youth.
The wind was howling their requiem over the inhospitable coast.The Sand-Hills of Jutland
Hans Christian Andersen
- RC Church a Mass celebrated for the dead
- a musical setting of this Mass
- any piece of music composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person or persons
Word Origin for Requiem
"mass for repose of the soul of the dead," c.1300, from Latin requiem, accusative singular of requies "rest (after labor), repose," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + quies "quiet" (see quiet (adj.)). It is the first word of the Mass for the Dead in the Latin liturgy: Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine .... ["Grant them eternal rest, O Lord ...."]
In music, a Mass for one or more dead persons, containing biblical passages and prayers for the admission of the dead to heaven. The term has been loosely applied to other musical compositions in honor of the dead. A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, for example, uses texts from the Bible (see also Bible) but is not a Mass.