Word Origin noun, plural thren·o·dies. a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge; funeral song. Origin of threnody 1615–25;
) dirge +
) song (see
-ia -y 3 Related forms thre·no·di·al , [thri- noh-dee- uh l] /θrɪˈnoʊ di əl/ thre·nod·ic , [thri- nod-ik] /θrɪˈnɒd ɪk/ adjective thren·o·dist , [ thren- uh-dist] /ˈθrɛn ə dɪst/ noun
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British Dictionary definitions for threnodic threnody threnode ( ˈθriːnəʊd, ˈθrɛn-) noun plural threnodies or threnodes an ode, song, or speech of lamentation, esp for the dead Derived Forms threnodial ( θrɪˈnəʊdɪəl) or threnodic ( θrɪˈnɒdɪk), adjective threnodist ( ˈθrɛnədɪst, ˈθriː-), noun Word Origin for threnody
C17: from Greek
thrēnōidia, from thrēnos dirge + ōidē song
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Word Origin and History for threnodic threnody n.
"song of lamentation," 1630s, from Greek
threnodia, from threnos "dirge, lament" + oide "ode" (see ode). Greek threnos probably is from a PIE imitative root meaning "to murmur, hum;" cf. Old English dran "drone," Gothic drunjus "sound," Greek tenthrene "a kind of wasp."
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